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

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2021 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: $35.00
Wine Club Price: $31.50
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Durif

Vintage 2021

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

Reviews 91/100 Halliday Wine Companion 2024

Awards GOLD: Rutherglen Wine Show 2023

Fruit Sourcing Rutherglen

Harvest Date March, 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 Durif is sourced from two 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, and the other parcel was left on skins post fermentation for 7 days to allow for further tannin polymerization and increased mouthfeel and depth of flavour.

The 2021 Pfeiffer Durif was matured in a combination of French and American oak of various size and age for approximately 15-18 months. The wine was then blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in late December 2022.

Our 2021 Pfeiffer Durif is deep and dark purple-red in colour. It is a big, bold wine, with lifted aromas of black berries and dark plums, enhanced by new oak characters. The palate is rich, ripe and concentrated, with dark cherry and chocolatey fruit flavours, persisting to a long and powerful tannin finish.

Partners Braised Oxtail with Black Olives

Cellar Enjoy now until 2036

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 0.47 g/L
pH 3.69
TA 5.93 g/L
Alcohol 14.9 % v/v