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2017 Pfeiffer Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a variety renowned for its warmth and generosity of flavour. Its savoury nature complements a wide range of food styles.
Normal Price: $26.50
Wine Club Price: $23.85

Grapes Tempranillo

Vintage 2017

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

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

Fruit Sourcing North East Victoria - King Valley

Harvest Date March 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 Our 2017 Tempranillo is made from a single vineyard site in the King Valley.  The fruit was machine harvested in the cool of the early morning, with approximately 10% of the juice being run-off at the crusher.  The must underwent at cold maceration for 3 days, before fermentation was commenced.    Fermentation occurred on skins in a static fermenter for approximately 8 days, with manual pump overs occurring twice daily.    The wine was pressed near the completion of fermentation into 6 brand new American oak hogsheads and the balance into stainless steel tank.

The barrel fermented wine was left on its yeast lees for around 4 months, with  weekly batonage (lees stirring), before being pumped out and blended with the tank component.  The new blend was then matured for approximately 12 months in the new American oak hogsheads, and a combination of 1, 2, 3 and 6 year old French and American oak barriques and hogsheads.  After oak maturation, the wine was blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2018.

Our 2017 Pfeiffer Tempranillo is a deep rich-red colour.  Aromas of red berries, chocolate and spice greet the nose.  The palate is rich and flavoursome with  juicy mid-palate fruit, leading to a long and savoury finish.  

Partners Tempranillo is a versatile food wine and pairs well with any grilled meat; or spicy, vegetarian dishes. 

Cellar A delicious and savoury wine to be enjoyed now and until 2025.

Yeast 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 0.63 g/l
pH 3.65
TA 6.22 g/L
Alcohol 15.1 % v/v