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

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2019 Pfeiffer Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a variety renowned for its warmth and generosity of flavour. Its savoury nature complements a wide range of food styles.
Normal Price: $28.00
Wine Club Price: $25.20
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Tempranillo

Vintage 2019

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

Reviews 92/100 Halliday Wine Companion 2022

Awards SILVER: Cowra Wine Show 2021

Fruit Sourcing Victoria 

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 Our 2019 Tempranillo is made from two vineyards, one in the King Valley and the other in Swan Hill.  The fruit for both parcels were machine harvested in the cool of the early morning, with approximately 15% of the juice being run-off at the crusher.  The must underwent at cold maceration for 3 days, before fermentation was commenced.  Fermentation occurred on skins in a static fermenter for approximately 10 days, with manual pump overs occurring twice daily.

The King Valley parcel was pressed near the completion of fermentation into 4 new American oak hogsheads and 2 new French oak puncheons, with the balance into stainless steel tank, while the Swan Hill parcel was pressed into stainless steel tank to undergo malolactic fermentation.

The barrel fermented wine was left on its yeast lees for around 4 months, with weekly batonage (lees stirring), before being pumped out and blended with the King Valley tank component.  Both the King Valley parcel and the Swan Hill parcel were then matured for approximately 12 months in a combination of new, 1, 2, 3 and 6 year old French and American oak barrels of various sizes.

After oak maturation, the wine was blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2020.

Our 2019 Pfeiffer Tempranillo is a deep, rich red colour.  Aromas of dark cherries, chocolate and spice spring from the glass.  The palate is rich and generous, with juicy mid-palate fruit and a lingering, savoury finish.

Partners Tempranillo is a versatile food wine and pairs well with any grilled meat; or spicy, vegetarian dishes. 

Cellar A delicious and savoury wine to be enjoyed now and until 2027.

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

Yeast Lalvin Clos – a strong fermenter, chosen for its high alcohol tolerance and its ability to enhance mouthfeel, structure and complexity.
Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 0.42 g/l
pH 3.72
TA 5.74 g/L
Alcohol 14.6% v/v