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

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2016 Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz

A delicious Shiraz with generous berry and plummy fruit characters.
Normal Price: $18.50
Wine Club Price: $16.65
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Shiraz

Vintage 2016

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

Reviews James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019

Awards SILVER: Victorian Wines Show 2017
BRONZE: Cowra Wine Show 2018
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2017

Fruit Sourcing North East Victoria (Rutherglen, Eldorado, King Valley)

Harvest Date February, 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 35-40C, 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 The 2016 Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz has been made with grapes from 4 vineyard sites, across North East Victoria, all offering various characters.  The grapes from each vineyard were handled separately.  Each parcel was given a cold soak for 2-3 days prior to fermentation.  Fermentation occurred in both open fermenters (with hand plunging three times daily) and static fermenters (with hand pump overs or rack and returns twice daily) at temperatures of 22-27°C.  One of the Rutherglen parcels was pressed, and immediately transferred into new oak hogsheads to complete fermentation with ⅓ ferment remaining.  The other parcels were fermented to dryness on skins before being pressed to tank to complete MLF before their barrel maturation.

Our Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz 2016 was blended and cold stabilized prior to its oak maturation.  The wine was matured in a mixture of both French and American oak puncheons, hogsheads and barriques, all of various ages, for approximately 12 months.  The wine was blended from oak, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2017.

Our 2016 Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz has an attractive red-purple colour, with a lifted nose of red berries, warming spices and cloves.  The palate is rich and fleshy, with lovely ripe plum and berry fruit, persisting to a long, satisfying finish.

Partners Perfect with your “pfavourite” pizza or pasta dish.

Cellar A delicious wine for drinking now until 2024.

Yeast Rhone 2056 – A yeast which enhances colour and heightens the fruit character of the grapes.
Lalvin Clos – A strong fermenter isolated from the Priorat region in Spain, chosen for its high alcohol tolerance and its ability to enhance mouthfeel, structure and complexity.

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

Technical Details Res. Sugar .59g/L
pH 3.56
TA 6.28 g/L
Alcohol 14.7% v/v