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

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2018 Pfeiffer Shiraz

A delicious wine with a great integration of berries, oak and fine long tannins.
Normal Price: $26.50
Wine Club Price: $23.85
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, King Valley, Alpine 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 Shiraz is a blend of 3 different parcels from four different vineyard sites in north eastern Victoria – our Pfeiffer Sunday Creek vineyard, a lovely old site in the lower parts of the King Valley, and a small vineyard in Everton in the Alpine Valley.

Each parcel was handled separately, being picked on different dates. The Rutherglen and Alpine Valley parcels were fermented in open vats with hand plunging 3 times daily. They were both pressed into brand new American and French oak barrels (puncheons and hogsheads) with around 1/3 of the ferment remaining. The King Valley parcel was fermented in a static fermenter to dryness, after 3 days cold soaking, and was pressed into tank to undergo malolactic fermentation.

The barrel fermented parcels were matured on their yeast lees for approximately 3 months, with weekly batonage.  In July 2018, the Pfeiffer Shiraz 2018 blend was then put together in tank and cold stabilized prior to being transferred to barrel for maturation.  Maturation took place in French and American oak hogsheads and puncheons for a further 12 months. The wine was then blended from the very best oak barrels and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2019.

Our 2018 Pfeiffer Shiraz is a deep purple red colour, and has a lovely nose of dark fruit, spices and toasty oak.  The palate is richly flavoured, with lovely depth across the mid-palate which persists to a long and savoury finish.

Partners Barbequed rib-eye steak with quality mustard, mashed potatoes and steamed greens.  

Cellar A wonderful wine to enjoy 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 Rhone 2056 – A yeast which enhances colour and heightens the fruit character of the grapes.
FX 10 – A yeast that improves the mouthfeel of the wine and allows for site expression.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar .51 g/L
pH 3.54
TA 6.31 g/L
Alcohol 14.9 % v/v