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

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2017 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

Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Merlot 14%

Vintage 2017

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

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

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

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 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 2018.

Our 2017 Pfeiffer Carlyle Cabernet Merlot has a gorgeous purple red colour.  Fruits of the forest abound on the nose, supported by toasty new oak.  The palate is richly flavoured with red berry fruit, a silky texture and a long, satisfying finish.

Partners Roast Pork Cutlets with creamy Mustard sauce.

Cellar A delicious wine for drinking now and until 2025.

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 .57 g/L
pH 3.62
TA 6.19 g/L
Alcohol 14.5 % v/v