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

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2015 Pfeiffer Merlot

A rich, full styled Merlot which displays lovely silky texture and fine long tannins.
Normal Price: $26.50
Wine Club Price: $23.85
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Merlot

Vintage 2015

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

Reviews James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2018

Awards BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2016

Fruit Sourcing Rutherglen + King Valley

Harvest Date March and April 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 A blend of two parcels, each handled separately – the first parcel was fermented in an open vat, being hand plunged 3 times daily.  The other parcel was crushed (with 10% run off) into a static fermenter for a cold soak of 2-3 days.  It was fermented on skins for approximately 10 days, being pumped over twice daily.  With around 2ºbe remaining, it was pressed into 6 brand new French oak hogsheads and the balance to a stainless steel tank to complete fermentation.

The individual components were matured as separate parcels, in French oak for approximately 14 months.  The barrel fermented wine was kept on its yeast lees with weekly batonage for the entirety of its maturation.  The wine was blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2016.

Our 2015 Pfeiffer Merlot is a dark red-purple colour, with a lifted, perfumed nose of mulberries , violets and dried herbs.  The palate is elegant and fine, with soft, plush mid-palate fruit and silky tannins supported by new oak.

Try With Merlot is a versatile food wine and pairs well with deeply savoury flavours. Try it with Free Range Pork Chops, Portobello Mushrooms and a Merlot reduction sauce.

Cellar A delightful wine now and over ten years until 2025.
Yeast FX 10 – a red wine yeast that promotes good colour and varietal expression.

Allergens Produced with the aid of egg products and traces may remain.
Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 1.40 g/l
pH 3.43
TA 6.86 g/L
Alcohol 14.7 % v/v