• Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
  • Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen

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2015 Pfeiffer Durif

Durif, a variety synonymous with Rutherglen, has a gloriously vibrant, incredibly dark colour with magnificent depth of flavour and delicious richness on the palate.
Normal Price: $32.50
Wine Club Price: $29.25

Grapes Durif

Vintage 2015

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2015 Durif to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

Reviews James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019

Awards TROPHY - Best Dry Red Victorian Section: Ballarat Wine Show 2017
GOLD: Ballarat Wine Show 2017
GOLD: Riverland Wine Show 2017
GOLD: Cowra Wine Show 2017
SILVER: Riverina Wine Show 2017
BRONZE: Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2017

Fruit Sourcing Rutherglen

Harvest Date March 2015

Vintage The 2015 growing season showed great promise from the beginning, with mild temperatures and good Spring rain, with dry conditions around flowering.  As the season progressed, the good weather continued. Summer was relatively mild, and was dotted with welcome, but low level, rain events.  Despite the mild weather, and the normal cropping loads, vintage once again kicked off early, commencing on the 11th February.

February was dotted with a few showers, leading into a bone dry March.  With the early onset of the vintage, these favourable weather conditions allowed white, red and fortified varieties to develop fully and deliver the desired flavours at harvest.  
Generally speaking, vintage 2015 has been a very good one.  The fortified wine quality is outstanding.  Muscat shows pristine and incredibly floral aromatics, with great power and depth on the palate.  Muscadelle for Topaque shows classic honey and cold tea characters, with lovely texture and weight.  Our Portuguese varieties have outstanding colour and depth of flavour, with complexity and weight, suitable for high quality port styles.  The red wines have great colour, with rich, ripe flavours and good fullness on the palate.  And the white wines offer fresh, fruit driven aromatics, with lovely natural acidity, giving length.

Winemakers Comments The 2015 Pfeiffer Durif is sourced from two vineyards in Rutherglen.  Each vineyard was picked at different times and therefore handled separately in the winery.  Both parcels were given a cold maceration for 2 days prior to fermentation on skins at temperatures of 20-25°C for 8 days.  Pump overs occurred twice daily during fermentation, but only for short periods of time to avoid over extraction.  Towards the end of fermentation, one parcel was transferred into new American oak hogsheads and puncheons to finish ferment, while the other was pressed into a stainless steel tank to undergo malolactic fermentation.

The 2015 Pfeiffer Durif was matured in a combination of French and American oak of various sizes and age for approximately 18 months.  The wine was then blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in late December 2016.

Our 2015 Pfeiffer Durif is an inky, dark purple colour, and has lifted aromas of ripe black berries and dark plums.  The palate has great depth and richness, with dark fruit and chocolate flavours that persist to a powerful tannin finish.

Partners Rib Eye Steak

Cellar Enjoy now until 2030.

Yeast Lalvin Clos – A strong fermenting yeast which highlights varietal character and will tolerate high alcohol levels. 

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 0.76 g/L
pH 3.69
TA 6.61 g/L
Alcohol 15.3 % v/v