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

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2021 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: $25.00
Wine Club Price: $22.50
Description
Availability NEW VINTAGE RELEASE

Grapes Gamay

Vintage 2021

Seal A screw cap been used on our 2021 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 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 Pfeiffer Gamay 2021 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 21 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 3 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 2021 to lock in fruitfulness and freshness.

Our 2021 Gamay has an aromatic bouquet of summer berry and dark 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.  Pfeiffer Gamay can be enjoyed chilled or at room temperature and is the perfect accompaniment to most foods.

Try with
A Pfeiffer Picnic on our Sunday Creek Bridge.

Cellar Enjoy both chilled or at room temperature, now until 2026.

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

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

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 2.93 g/L                
pH 3.31         
TA 5.63 g/L        
Alcohol 13.9% v/v