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

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2018 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 90%, Merlot 10%

Vintage 2018

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2018 Cabernet Merlot to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

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

Harvest Date March and April 2018


Rutherglen enjoyed good winter rainfall in July and August, with above average spring and early summer rainfall, particularly in November and early December. There was talk in agricultural circles of another La Nina weather pattern, along with predictions of summer and autumn rains, leaving us feeling very nervous about the prospect of another wet vintage. Fortunately, January through to April proved to be incredibly dry and very warm, which allowed all varieties to ripen fully and with very low disease load, contributing to the high quality of the vintage. Yields were low, with some varieties (particularly Shiraz) cropping between 30-40% below average. Overall we were around 15-20% down across the vintage. Due to the warm and dry conditions, supplementary irrigation was required to maintain good soil moisture levels and canopy health.


Vintage was back to an earlier start, commencing on 16th February, with Pinot Grigio from the Alpine Valley. From there, vintage rolled on fairly briskly, seeing us harvest fruit every day for the next five weeks, until the end of March. Ripening across all varieties was very even, with most white fruit being harvested before the red fruit was started. The last fruit harvested was Muscadelle for our Topaque wines, picked on 23rd April.

Quality is high, with white wines showing intense fruit aromas and flavours, and good levels of acidity. Our red wines have fantastic colours, great fullness and depth of flavour, ripe tannins and length.

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.  Fermentation either occurred in static fermenters with manual pump overs twice daily, or in open vats, with manual plunging three times daily.  Each ferment was run at temperatures between 20 and 28°C. 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.

Our Pfeiffer Carlyle Cabernet Merlot 2018 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 2019.

Our 2018 Pfeiffer Carlyle Cabernet Merlot has a vibrant purple red colour.  The nose abounds with ripe cassis and dark cherry fruit, with an attractive minty lift.  The palate is rich and generous, with a silky texture and a long, satisfying finish.

Partners Butternut Pumpkin and Kale Salad.

Cellar A delicious wine for drinking now and until 2026.

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

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 .58 g/L
pH 3.53
TA 6.28 g/L
Alcohol 14.5 % v/v