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

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2018 Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz

A delicious Shiraz with generous berry and plummy fruit characters.
Normal Price: $19.50
Wine Club Price: $17.55
Description
Availability NEW VINTAGE RELEASE

Grapes Shiraz

Vintage 2018

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

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Fruit Sourcing North East Victoria (Rutherglen, Eldorado, King Valley)

Harvest Date February and March 2018

Vintage 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. Our Portuguese varieties for our port styles performed very strongly this year, our Muscats are rich, with genuine varietal characters, while our Topaques are outstanding.

Winemakers Comments The 2018 Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz has been made with grapes from 6 vineyard sites, across North East 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 20-30°C.  One of the Rutherglen parcels was pressed, and immediately transferred into one and two year old 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 Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz 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 Shiraz has an attractive purple red colour, with a lifted nose of red berry fruit, warming spices and toasty oak. The palate is rich and rounded, with ripe berry and plum fruit on the mid palate and a long and satisfying finish.

Partners Chickpea and Tomato Curry.

Cellar A delicious wine for drinking now until 2026.

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 .68g/L
pH 3.67
TA 5.78 g/L
Alcohol 14.8% v/v