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

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2020 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: $19.50
Wine Club Price: $17.55

Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon 88%, Merlot 12%

Vintage 2020

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2020 Cabernet Merlot to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

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Fruit Sourcing Victoria - Great Western and Heathcote 

Harvest Date March and April 2020

Vintage Like most of south eastern Australia, Rutherglen experienced dry conditions in winter and spring of 2019. Our annual rainfall for 2019 was well below the average 565mm, with only 356mm falling for the year. With such low rainfall, we were forced to commence irrigation in late September to try to build canopy strength.  Irrigation continued throughout the rest of the year, constantly throughout the summer and also during the harvest. 

Unfortunately, like many other wine regions in Australia, we experienced the devastating effects of the 2019/2020 bushfires, and the impact of smoke exposure to our vineyards, both the family owned and our long term growers.

After extensive analytical and organoleptical testing of both our fruit and micro ferments (we conducted 70 micro ferments prior to the start of vintage), we made the heartbreaking decision to reject approximately 70% of our normal intake. 

Fortunately, we were able to draw on our industry friends and colleagues, who helped us source fruit from other regions across Victoria, that weren’t smoke affected, including Great Western, Bendigo, Heathcote, Nagambie and Swan Hill. 

Generally speaking, yields were naturally low, due to the continued dry conditions of the season. The quality of the fruit that was harvested was very good, particularly in the reds. The low yields saw very good colour development, with the fuller varieties of Shiraz, Durif, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo being the highlights of the season. Our white varieties were expressive of their varietal characters, with the textural varieties of Chardonnay and Vermentino being the highlights.
Winemakers Comments A blend of 3 different parcels of fruit (Merlot from Great Western, and two parcels of Cabernet – one from Great Western and one from Heathcote), 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.  Fermentation either occurred in static fermenters with manual pump overs twice daily.  Each ferment was run at temperatures between 20 and 26°C.

The Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon was pressed at 2ºbe to finish ferment in brand new French oak hogsheads; while the other two parcels finished ferment on skins.

Our Pfeiffer Carlyle Cabernet Merlot 2020 was matured as separate parcels 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 and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2021.

Our 2020 Pfeiffer Carlyle Cabernet Merlot is lifted and fragrant, with violets, dried herbs and blackberries on the nose. The palate is smooth and plush, with mid palate sweetness and a lovely, lingering finish.

Partners Butternut Pumpkin and Kale Salad.

Cellar A delicious wine for drinking now and until 2027.

Vegan Friendly YES

Yeast FX10 – A yeast which enhances colour and heightens the fruit character of the grapes, and builds mouthfeel in the wine.
XR – A yeast strain that enhances varietal characters of full bodied red wines.
Lalvin Clos – a strong fermenter, chosen for its high alcohol tolerance and its ability to enhance mouthfeel, structure and complexity.  

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar .41 g/L
pH 3.60
TA 6.07 g/L
Alcohol 14.7 % v/v