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

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2018 Pfeiffer Merlot

A rich, full styled Merlot which displays lovely silky texture and fine long tannins.
Normal Price: $26.50
Wine Club Price: $23.85
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Merlot

Vintage 2018

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

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Fruit Sourcing North East Victoria (Rutherglen, King Valley)

Harvest Date March and April 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 A blend of three parcels, from our two family vineyards in Rutherglen and from Richard Carson’s Cheshunt vineyard in the King Valley. Each parcel ripened at different times, and thus was handled separately in the winery. The first parcel was fermented in an open vat, being hand plunged 3 times daily. It was pressed into a stainless steel tank to undergo malolactic fermentation. The other parcels were crushed (with 15% run off) into static fermenters for a cold soak of 2-3 days. They were both fermented on skins for approximately 10 days, being pumped over twice daily. Both parcels were pressed off at approximately 3°Be into brand new French oak puncheons and hogsheads to complete fermentation.

The individual components were matured as separate parcels, in oak and tank for approximately three months, before being blended together and then transferred back into French oak for 12 months barrel maturation. The wine was blended from the most preferred oak barrels, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2019.

Our 2018 Pfeiffer Merlot is a vibrant purple red colour. It has a lifted, perfumed nose of red berries and fragrant dried herbs. The palate is elegant and fine, with plush, sweet mid-palate fruit and silky, long tannins on the finish.

Try With Merlot is a versatile food wine and pairs well with deeply savoury flavours. Try it with Free Range Pork Chops, Portobello Mushrooms and a Merlot reduction sauce.

Cellar A delightful wine now and over ten years until 2028.
Vegan Friendly Vegan No | Vegetarian Yes.  Produced with the aid of egg products and traces may remain.

Yeast FX 10 – a red wine yeast that promotes good colour and varietal expression.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar .56 g/l
pH 3.49
TA 5.64 g/L
Alcohol 14.7 % v/v