• Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
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2021 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon

A flavoursome, yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with lovely berry fruit and long, soft tannins.
Normal Price: $30.00
Wine Club Price: $27.00
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage 2021

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

Reviews Listen to Jen Pfeiffer review our 2021 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon on YouTube
88/100 Halliday Wine Companion 2024

Awards TROPHY - Best North East Dry Red Wine - Rutherglen Wine Show 2023
TROPHY - Best Barrel Matured Table Wine From North East Victoria - Rutherglen Wine Show 2023
GOLD: Rutherglen Wine Show 2023

Fruit Sourcing North East Victoria 

Harvest Date March and April 2021

Vintage The growing season got off to a great start, with higher than average rainfall volumes falling in both Winter and Spring, giving us an total annual rainfall of 657mm for the year.  

Regular rain events occurred through September to November, with December recording lower than average rainfall. These excellent conditions saw strong canopy growth and average to above average yields developing.  

The beginning of summer was dry, yet mild, with only 3 days of temperatures exceeding 40˚C, just prior to Australia Day. This was followed by a significant rain event of around 50mm, which increased the disease pressure on some varieties that were approaching their harvest date.

February and March were also dotted with rain events, with 50mm and 60mm falling respectively, again leaving certain varieties close to harvest susceptible to fruit breakdown. The timing of picking was critical to the overall wine quality.

Overall, the season was around 2 weeks later than usual, with the vintage starting on 17th February with Alpine Valleys Pinot Grigio. The majority of the fruit was harvested in the second half of March, and into April, with rain events around Easter seeing our intake accelerate throughout the month of April, with the last fruit harvested on 30th April.

Quality is good, with white varieties showing lovely aromatics, and plenty of natural acidity, ensuring good longevity in the bottle. The red varieties show a diversity of style, with Shiraz performing well again across multiple sites, and our old vine Pinot Noir and Gamay looking particularly strong.

Our fortified varieties were unfortunately very low yielding and variable in quality. Our Portuguese varieties were affected by late rain, so we made the decision not to pursue a Vintage Fortified from 2021, but we have some real highlights in our Muscat and Muscadelle (for Topaque) from our Carlyle vineyard, which appear destined for our Grand and Rare soleras.

I am sure we will discover more vinous treasures in the cellar as time rolls on.

Winemakers Comments The 2021 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon was run off by 10% at crushing, then cold soaked for 3 days, with gentle pumping over during the cold maceration.   Fermentation occurred in a static fermenter, with hand pump overs carried out twice daily.  At 1/3 of the ferment remaining, a portion of the wine was transferred into brand new French oak hogsheads for barrel fermentation, while the balance of the wine finished ferment on skins.

The barrel fermented parcel was held on its yeast lees in barrel until July 2021 when it was re-blended with the remainder of the wine before being transferred back into new, one year old, two year old and five year old French oak hogsheads.

After oak maturation, the wine was blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2022.

Our 2021 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark purple-red colour.  Lifted aromas of black berries, dried herbs and mint greet the nose.  Full bodied and richly flavoured, the palate exhibits sweet blackberry fruit, enhanced by new oak characters which persist to a fine, long tannin finish.

Partners Robyn Pfeiffer’s slow roasted leg of lamb with all the trimmings.

Cellar A terrific wine to enjoy now and over ten years until 2028.

Vegan Friendly YES 

Yeast XR – A yeast strain that enhances varietal characters of full bodied red wines.

Allergens Contains SULPHITES

Technical Details Res. Sugar .65 g/L
pH 3.58
TA 6.28 g/L
Alcohol 14.8% v/v