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

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2017 Pfeiffer Durif

Durif, a variety synonymous with Rutherglen, has a gloriously vibrant, incredibly dark colour with magnificent depth of flavour and delicious richness on the palate.
Normal Price: $32.50
Wine Club Price: $29.25

Grapes Durif

Vintage 2017

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

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Awards GOLD: Cowra Wine Show 2018
GOLD : Victorian Wines Show 2018
SILVER: Riverina Wine Show 2018
SILVER: Ballarat Wine Show 2018

Fruit Sourcing Rutherglen

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 flavor 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 Durif is sourced from two vineyards in Rutherglen. Each vineyard was picked at different times and therefore handled separately in the winery. Both parcels were given a cold maceration for 2 days prior to fermentation on skins at temperatures of 20-25°C for 8 days. Pump overs occurred twice daily during fermentation, but only for short periods of time to avoid over extraction. Towards the end of fermentation, one parcel was transferred into new French and American oak hogsheads and puncheons to finish fermentation, while the other parcel was left on skins post fermentation for 7 days to allow for further tannin polymerization and increase mouthfeel and depth of flavour.

The 2017 Pfeiffer Durif was matured in a combination of French and American oak of various size and age for approximately 18 months. The wine was then blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in late December 2018.

Our 2017 Pfeiffer Durif has a deep, dark purple-red colour. The nose abounds with aromas of dark fruits and spice, enhanced by new oak characters. The palate is rich and concentrated, with ripe plum and dark cherry fruits that persist to a long and powerful tannin finish.

Partners Braised Oxtail with Black Olives

Cellar Enjoy now until 2032

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

Yeast Lalvin Clos – A strong fermenting yeast which highlights varietal character and will tolerate high alcohol levels. 

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 0.73 g/L
pH 3.79
TA 5.33 g/L
Alcohol 14.9 % v/v