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

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2016 Pfeiffer Carlyle Cabernet Merlot

This is a superb wine, with lovely sweet berry and cassis fruit. It is elegant and refined, with a fine, long tannin finish.
Normal Price: $18.50
Wine Club Price: $16.65
Description
Availability LIMITED BOTTLES REMAINING

Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Merlot 14%

Vintage 2016

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2016 Cabernet Merlot to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

Reviews James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019
88/100

Awards BRONZE: Riverina Wine Show 2018
BRONZE: Victorian Wines Show 2017
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2017

Fruit Sourcing Victoria - Rutherglen | Heathcote | King Valley | Eldorado

Harvest Date February and March 2016

Vintage The 2016 growing season looked very promising, with good Winter and Spring rainfall until October.  November and December were dry and warm, leading to a relatively mild January. Supplementary irrigation was required to maintain good soil moisture levels and canopy health.

The first week of February saw two inches of rain fall, which was just before the onset of harvest, so certainly created a few nerves at the beginning of vintage. 

Fortunately the rest of the harvest remained dry, and all grape varieties came in very early, with picking starting on the 10th February.  Vintage progressed at a fast and furious pace, due to three very warm weeks of temperatures between 35°-40° Celsius, with incredibly rapid ripening across all varieties.  Early blocks of Cabernet, Durif and Muscat were all harvested in February!

March saw the warm and dry conditions continue, along with the fast pace of the vintage.  

All varieties were harvested by the end of the month, with the exception of Muscadelle for Topaque, which was picked in April. Overall cropping levels were average and the quality of the vintage is good, with ripe and full flavours, with Muscadelle for Topaque the highlight.

Winemakers Comments A blend of 6 different parcels of fruit, all picked at separate times and thus handled separately in the winery.  A cold soak for up to 4 days was given to each parcel.  Each ferment was run at temperatures between 20 and 28°C, and was manually pumped over twice daily for varying intervals to give various levels of extraction.  One parcel of each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon was pressed at 4ºbe to finish ferment in one year old French oak hogsheads; while the other four parcels finished ferment on skins.

The wine was matured in French and American oak barrels for 12 months before being blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2016. 

Our 2016 Pfeiffer Carlyle Cabernet Merlot has a perfumed bouquet of violets, black berries and mint.  The palate is rich and generous, with ripe berry fruit and a long, lingering finish. 

Partners BBQ Cumin and Coriander Crusted Lamb Racks

Cellar A delicious wine for drinking now and until 2024.

Yeast FX10 – A yeast which enhances colour and heightens the fruit character of the grapes.

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

Technical Details Res. Sugar 1.96 g/L
pH 3.62
TA 6.42 g/L
Alcohol 14.7 % v/v