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

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2019 Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz

A delicious Shiraz with generous berry and plummy fruit characters.
Normal Price: $19.50
Wine Club Price: $17.55

Grapes Shiraz

Vintage 2019

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

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Fruit Sourcing Victoria (Rutherglen, Eldorado, King Valley, Alpine Valley, Heathcote)

Harvest Date February and March 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 Carlyle Shiraz has been made with grapes from 5 vineyard sites, across Victoria, all offering various characters. The grapes from each vineyard were handled separately. Each parcel was given a cold soak for 2-3 days prior to fermentation. Fermentation occurred in both open fermenters (with hand plunging three times daily) and static fermenters (with hand pump overs or rack and returns twice daily) at temperatures of 22-27°C. The parcels fermented in open vats were pressed at around 1°be into stainless steel tanks, while the other parcels were fermented to dryness on skins before being pressed to tanks. All parcels completed MLF in tank before their barrel maturation.

Our Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz 2019 was blended and cold stabilized prior to its oak maturation. The wine was matured in a mixture of both French and American oak puncheons, hogsheads and barriques, all of various ages, for approximately 12 months. The wine was blended from oak, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2020.

Our 2019 Pfeiffer Carlyle Shiraz has a deep and brooding purple red colour. The nose is full of dark plum and blackberry fruit, with notes of warming spices. The palate is rich and mouth-filling, with plum and berry fruit on the mid-palate, and a long and satisfying finish.

Partners Chorizo Sausage Meatballs

Cellar A delicious wine for drinking now until 2027.

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.
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 .54g/L
pH 3.65
TA 6.17 g/L
Alcohol 14.9% v/v