• Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen
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2021 Pfeiffer Pinot Noir

A medium bodied Pinot Noir, with a touch of earthiness and soft, rounded berry fruit flavours on the palate.
Normal Price: $35.00
Wine Club Price: $31.50

Grapes Pinot Noir

Vintage 2021

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

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Fruit Sourcing Victoria

Harvest Date February and March 2018

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
Our gnarly old Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1962 from cuttings originating in the Seppelt Arrawatta vineyard and are now considered to be some of the very last Grand Cru pre-phylloxera vines in the world. 

Our 2021 Pinot Noir was hand-picked, over two picking dates in March. The first third of the block ripened a little earlier than the other part of the block, and was harvested on the 9th March. The fruit was picked into ½ tonne bins, lined with heavy duties bin liners, to which yeast and CO2 was added before being sealed up for one week to undergo carbonic maceration (fermentation within the whole berry). The second two thirds of the block were harvested on the 16th March and crushed into a static stainless steel fermenter to undergo a cold maceration for 2 days. After two days, the ½ tonne bins from the first pick were open and checked for their quality, then added to the fermenter stalks and all. Fermentation was completed on skins for 9 days, with gentle pump overs occurring twice daily. At the end of the fermentation, the wine was pressed into stainless steel tanks to undergo malolactic fermentation before barrel maturation.

Our 2021 Pinot Noir was matured in two to seven year old French oak puncheons for 8 months, before blending, fining and clarification occurred prior to bottling in late December 2021.

This wine has a vibrant cherry red colour.  The nose abounds with lifted cherry and red currant fruit, with spicy notes from maturation in French oak. The palate is finely structured, with earthy, berry fruit flavours that persist to a fine, long tannin finish.

Partners Wonderful with lamb, duck and game dishes

Cellar A lovely wine to enjoy now until 2031

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

Yeast RC212 – A yeast selected specifically for the production of Pinot Noir.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 1.34 g/L                
pH 3.57         
TA 5.47 g/L        
Alcohol 14.5 % v/v