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

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2019 Pfeiffer Carlyle Cabernet Merlot

This is a superb wine, with lovely sweet berry and cassis fruit. It is elegant and refined, with a fine, long tannin finish.
Normal Price: $19.50
Wine Club Price: $17.55
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon 93%, Merlot 7%

Vintage 2019

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

Reviews 86/100 Halliday Wine Companion 2022

Awards Not Shown Yet

Fruit Sourcing Victoria - Rutherglen, Heathcote, 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 A blend of 6 different parcels of fruit, all picked at separate times and thus handled separately in the winery.  A cold soak for up to 4 days was given to each parcel.  Each ferment was run at temperatures between 20 and 28°C, and was manually pumped over twice daily for varying intervals to give various levels of extraction. One parcel of each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon was pressed at 4ºbe to finish ferment in brand new French oak hogsheads; while the other four parcels finished ferment on skins.

The wine was matured in French and American oak barrels for 12 months before being blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2020.

Our 2019 Cabernet Merlot has a deep, dark red colour. The nose is lifted and fresh, with aromas of violets, blackberries and mint. The palate is medium to full bodied, with ripe berry fruit and a long, lingering finish.

Partners Roast Pork Cutlets with creamy Mustard sauce.

Cellar A delicious wine for drinking now and until 2026.

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

Yeast FX10 – A yeast which enhances colour and heightens the fruit character of the grapes, and builds mouthfeel in the wine.
HPS – A high polysaccharide producer, giving mouthfeel and volume to the wine
XR – A Bordeaux isolate, enhancing colour and varietal flavour in the wine

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar .52 g/L
pH 3.55
TA 6.16 g/L
Alcohol 14.5 % v/v