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

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2019 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon

A flavoursome, yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with lovely berry fruit and long, soft tannins.
Normal Price: $28.00
Wine Club Price: $25.20
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage 2019

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

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Awards SILVER: Cowra Wine Show 2021

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

Harvest Date March and April 2019

Vintage Like most of south eastern Australia, Rutherglen experienced dry conditions in winter and spring of 2018. Our annual rainfall for 2018 was well below the average 565mm, with only 316mm falling for the year. With such low rainfall, we were forced to commence irrigation in late September to try to build canopy strength. Irrigation continued throughout the rest of the year, constantly throughout the summer and also during the harvest.

We experienced one of our hottest summers on record, with several weeks of temperatures above 40C in January. These exceptionally hot and dry conditions resulted in low yields, particularly in Chardonnay for the whites (which was around 40% down), in Shiraz for the reds (which was around 50%) and in our Muscat and Topaques (which were around 50% down). Overall our yields were 25-30% lower than forecasted.

Vintage commenced on the 21st February, with Pinot Grigio, Frontignac and Shiraz all being harvested on the first day. We experienced yet another compressed vintage, with 90% of our intake being harvested in 5 weeks and the remaining 10% of our intake being harvested in the subsequent 4 weeks. This of course put a lot of pressure on fermenter space, refrigeration and our staff, with such an intense period in the vintage.

Fruit quality is good, with the white varieties showing strong varietal characters and surprisingly good acidity given the hot weather. Our red wines have exceptional deep and dark purple colours, with ripe, generous and concentrated flavours, very much reflective of the vintage. Our fortified wines have performed strongly as well, with our Portuguese varieties for our port styles being particularly good and our Muscat and Topaque wines having great lusciousness and depth of flavour.

Winemakers Comments The 2019 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of four parcels of wine. Two parcels are from the family Rutherglen vineyards, while the other parcels are from the King Valley and Eldorado. Each parcel was handled separately. Each parcel was run off by 10-15% at crushing, then cold soaked for 2-3 days, with gentle pumping over and plunging. Fermentation of two parcels occurred in static fermenters, with hand pump overs carried out twice daily. The other two parcels were fermented in open fermenters, with hand plunging 3 times daily, before being pressed into new and one year old French oak hogsheads and puncheons for the completion of alcoholic and malolactic fermentation.

Each parcel was matured separately in French oak of various sizes and ages.  The barrel fermented parcels had extended lees contact for 15 months to improve textural properties.  After oak maturation, the wine was blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2020.

Our 2019 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark purple red colour. It is a deep, dense and concentrated wine, with flavours of blackberry and mint, encased in new French oak. The palate is classically structured, with intense berry fruit persisting to a fine, long tannin finish.

Partners Robyn Pfeiffer’s slow roasted leg of lamb with all the trimmings.

Cellar A terrific wine to enjoy now and over ten years until 2029.

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

Yeast FX 10 - A yeast strain which enhances colour and fruit character of the wine.
XR – A yeast strain that enhances varietal characters of full bodied red wines.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar .44 g/L
pH 3.58
TA 6.22 g/L
Alcohol 14.6% v/v