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

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2019 Pfeiffer Gamay

Produced for over three decades, the Pfeiffer Gamay is truly a Pfeiffer “pflagship”. Gamay, more affectionately known throughout the world as Beaujolais, is produced by only a handful of growers in Australia.
Normal Price: $22.00
Wine Club Price: $19.80

Grapes Gamay

Vintage 2019

Seal A screw cap been used on our 2019 Gamay to maximise its flavour and freshness and to elimate the chances of cork taint.

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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 Pfeiffer Gamay 2019 was blended from fruit from our old vines (40+ years) and our young vines (20+ years).  The two blocks ripen at different times, so were picked separately, but treated in the same way in the winery. 

The Gamay grapes were hand-picked into airtight bins. Yeast and CO2 gas were added and the bins sealed. The grapes commenced fermentation in their whole bunches (including stalks) in these airtight conditions. After around 14 days, the bins were opened and the grapes crushed by foot (a process called “pigeage”). Fermentation continued with pigeage carried out 3 times a day. After 4 days of pigeage, the wine was pressed into a stainless steel tank for completion of fermentation.

Each parcel was kept separate until the completion of alcoholic fermentation. The two parcels were then blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early May 2019 to lock in fruitfulness and freshness.

Our 2019 Gamay has a highly perfumed bouquet of summer berry and red cherry fruit. Traditional foot treading methods are used to create soft tannins and good mid-palate weight. These characters are complemented by a savouriness on the palate and a long finish.   

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Cellar Enjoy both chilled or at room temperature, now until 2024.

Yeast EC1118 – A neutral yeast, commonly used in the production of sparkling wine.

Allergens Produced with the aid of egg products and traces may remain.
Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 3.22 g/L                
pH 3.48         
TA 5.63 g/L        
Alcohol 13.4% v/v