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

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2018 Pfeiffer Pinot Noir

A medium bodied Pinot Noir, with a touch of earthiness and soft, rounded berry fruit flavours on the palate.
Normal Price: $32.50
Wine Club Price: $29.25
Availability AVAILABLE 

Grapes Pinot Noir

Vintage 2018

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

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Fruit Sourcing Victoria

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
Our gnarly old Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1962 from cuttings originating in the Seppelt Arrawatta vineyard and are now considered to be some of the very last Grand Cru pre-phylloxera vines in the world. 

Our 2018 Pinot Noir was hand-picked, then crushed into open fermenters, with 10% stalks being added to the must. It received a cold maceration for 2 days, before fermentation was commenced on skins, with hand plunging occurring three times daily.  At the end of the fermentation, the wine was pressed into stainless steel tanks to undergo malolactic fermentation before barrel maturation.

Our 2018 Pinot Noir was matured in one to five year old French oak barriques for 12 months, before blending, fining and clarification occurred prior to bottling in January 2020.

Our 2018 Pinot Noir is a lovely crimson red colour. The nose has lifted cherry and red berry flavours with a gentle hint of cloves. The palate is soft and juicy, with earthy, berry fruit flavours and a fine, long tannin finish.

Partners Wonderful with lamb, duck and game dishes

Cellar A lovely wine to enjoy now until 2028

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

Yeast RC212 – A yeast selected specifically for the production of Pinot Noir.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 1.02 g/L                
pH 3.54        
TA 6.30 g/L        
Alcohol 13.8 % v/v