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

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2017 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon

A flavoursome, yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with lovely berry fruit and long, soft tannins.
Normal Price: $26.50
Wine Club Price: $23.85
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage 2017

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

Reviews James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019

Awards TROPHY: Victorian Wine Show 2018 - Best Cabernet In Show
TOP GOLD: Victorian Wine Show 2018
SILVER: Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019 
SILVER: Riverina Wine Show 2019 
SILVER: Ballarat Wine Show 2018  
BRONZE: Cowra Wine Show 2019 
Fruit Sourcing North East Victoria (Rutherglen, King Valley)

Harvest Date March and April 2017

Vintage Winter and spring 2016 saw rainfall averages well above normal, with heavy rainfall experienced between May and October. This coupled with high water releases into the Murray River system saw our Sunday Creek vineyard and parts of our Carlyle vineyard flooded in late September, into October. This put extreme pressure on the management of the vineyards, as we could not access them for around 4 weeks. Thankfully, summer was relatively dry, with less than average rainfall levels, which helped maintain the fruit quality. Yields were high, with some varieties cropping between 30-50% higher than average. These parcels were bunch thinned at veraison to achieve vine balance, giving good airflow, and reducing the bunch numbers to promote concentrated fruit flavours. A low level of supplementary irrigation was required to maintain good soil moisture levels and canopy health.

Vintage started much later this year, commencing on 2nd March, around 3 weeks later than last year’s early harvest. The first variety to be harvested was our Sunday Creek Frontignac. March saw a continuation of the warm, dry conditions experienced in summer, which allowed for a slow and steady development of sugar and flavour in the fruit, which meant for a slower paced start to the vintage. Three rain events in April saw the pace pick up, leading to the last fruit being harvested on April 28th, being Muscadelle and Muscat from our Sunday Creek vineyard.

Quality is good, with white wines showing lovely delicacy and elegant fruit aromas and flavours, with great natural acidity. Our red wines have terrific colour, with attractive fruit lift, and strong varietal definition. Our Portuguese varieties for our port styles performed very strongly this year, and our Muscats and Topaques show lovely perfume and elegance.

Winemakers Comments The 2017 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of three parcels of wine from Rutherglen and the King Valley. Each parcel was handled separately. Each parcel was run off by 10-15% at crushing, then cold soaked for 3 days, with gentle pumping over and plunging. Fermentation of two parcels occurred in static fermenters, with hand pump overs carried out twice daily. The third parcel was crushed into an open fermenter, where it was cold soaked for approximately 48 hours. It was fermented in an open vat with hand plunging 3 times daily, before being pressed into new French oak hogsheads and puncheons for the completion of fermentation.

Each parcel was matured separately in French oak of various sizes and ages. The barrel fermented parcel had extended lees contact for 15 months to improve textural properties. After oak maturation, the wine was blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in late August 2018.

Our 2017 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense, dark purple red colour, with a lifted nose of cassis, blackberry fruit and a touch of mint. The palate is powerful yet refined, with focussed blackcurrant fruit and lovely toasty oak characters, which persist to a fine, long tannin finish.

Partners Robyn Pfeiffer’s slow roasted leg of lamb with all the trimmings.

Cellar A terrific wine to enjoy now and over ten years until 2027.

Vegan Friendly Yes

Yeast FX 10 - A yeast strain which enhances colour and fruit character of the wine.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar .56 g/L
pH 3.61
TA 6.14 g/L
Alcohol 14.4% v/v