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

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2017 Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz

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

Grapes Shiraz

Vintage 2017

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

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Awards SILVER: Cowra Wine Show 2019
SILVER: Victorian Wine Show 2018

Fruit Sourcing Victoria (Rutherglen, Eldorado, King Valley, Heathcote)

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 Carlyle Shiraz has been made with grapes from 4 vineyard sites, across 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 1/3 ferment remaining. The other parcels were fermented to dryness on skins before being pressed to tank to complete MLF before their barrel maturation.

Our 2017 Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz 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 2018.

Our 2017 Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz has a lovely purple red colour, with a lifted nose of red berry fruit, warming spices and toasty oak. The palate is rich and fleshy, with vibrant mid-palate fruit, and a long and more-ish finish. 
Partners Fabulous with Indian food – try it with a chickpea and tomato curry, or a Rogan Josh lamb curry.

Cellar A delicious wine for drinking now until 2025.

Vegan Friendly Vegan No | Vegetarian Yes.  Produced with the aid of egg products and traces may remain.

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 Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 1.55g/L
pH 3.68
TA 5.75 g/L
Alcohol 14.7% v/v