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

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2018 Pfeiffer Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a variety renowned for its warmth and generosity of flavour. Its savoury nature complements a wide range of food styles.
Normal Price: $26.50
Wine Club Price: $23.85

Grapes Tempranillo

Vintage 2018

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

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Fruit Sourcing North East Victoria 

Harvest Date 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 2018 Tempranillo is made from a single vineyard site in the King Valley. The fruit was machine harvested in the cool of the early morning, with approximately 15% of the juice being run-off at the crusher. The must underwent at cold maceration for 2 days, before fermentation was commenced. Fermentation occurred on skins in a static fermenter for approximately 8 days, with manual pump overs occurring twice daily. The wine was pressed near the completion of fermentation into 4 new American oak hogsheads and 2 new French oak puncheons, with the balance into stainless steel tank.

The barrel fermented wine was left on its yeast lees for around 4 months, with weekly batonage (lees stirring), before being pumped out and blended with the tank component. The new blend was then matured for approximately 12 months in the new barrels, and a combination of 1, 2, 3 and 6 year old French and American oak barrels of various sizes. After oak maturation, the wine was blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2019.

Our 2018 Pfeiffer Tempranillo has a deep and dark red colour. The nose is fresh and perfumed, with aromas of red berries, chocolate and spice. The palate is vibrant and juicy, with red fruits on the mid-palate and a lingering, savoury finish.

Partners Tempranillo is a versatile food wine and pairs well with any grilled meat; or spicy, vegetarian dishes. 

Cellar A delicious and savoury wine to be enjoyed now and until 2026.

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

Yeast 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 0.94 g/l
pH 3.87
TA 5.85 g/L
Alcohol 14.7% v/v