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

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2019 Pfeiffer Durif

Durif, a variety synonymous with Rutherglen, has a gloriously vibrant, incredibly dark colour with magnificent depth of flavour and delicious richness on the palate.
Normal Price: $32.50
Wine Club Price: $29.25
Description
Availability NEW VINTAGE RELEASE

Grapes Durif

Vintage 2019

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

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Awards R L SEPPELT Trophy - Best Australian Dry Red Wine made from fruit grown in Rutherglen Region of Victoria Any Vintage: Rutherglen Wine Show 2021
WINEMAKERS OF RUTHERGLEN Trophy - Best Australian Dry Red Wine, Durif 2019 Vintage and Older: Rutherglen Wine Show 2021
Top Gold Medal: Rutherglen Wine Show 2021

Fruit Sourcing Rutherglen

Harvest Date 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 Durif is sourced from three vineyards in Rutherglen. Each vineyard was picked at different times and therefore handled separately in the winery. Each parcel was given a cold maceration for 2 days prior to fermentation on skins at temperatures of 20-25°C for 8 days. Pump overs occurred twice daily during fermentation, but only for short periods of time to avoid over extraction.

Towards the end of fermentation, one parcel was transferred into new French and American oak hogsheads and puncheons to finish fermentation, one parcel was pressed immediately at the end of fermentation into tank, and the third parcel was left on skins post fermentation for 7 days to allow for further tannin polymerization and increase mouthfeel and depth of flavour.

The 2019 Pfeiffer Durif was matured in a combination of French and American oak of various size and age for approximately 18 months. The wine was then blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in late December 2021.

Our 2019 Durif has a deep, dark and inky purple-red colour. It is a rich and concentrated wine, with aromas of dark fruits and spice, enhanced by new oak. The palate is rich, robust and intensely flavoured, with ripe plummy fruit on the mid-palate, leading to a long and powerful tannin finish.

Partners Braised Oxtail with Black Olives

Cellar Enjoy now until 2034

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

Yeast Lalvin Clos – A strong fermenting yeast which highlights varietal character and will tolerate high alcohol levels. 

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 0.55 g/L
pH 3.69
TA 5.87 g/L
Alcohol 14.6 % v/v