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

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2022 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

Grapes Gamay

Vintage 2022

Seal A screw cap been used on our 2022 Gamay to maximise its flavour and freshness and to elimate the chances of cork taint.

Reviews 88/100 Halliday Wine Companion 2024

Awards BRONZE: Rutherglen Wine Show 2022
BRONZE: Victorian Wine Show 2022

Fruit Sourcing Rutherglen

Harvest Date March 2022


The 2022 growing season provided plenty of viticultural challenges, with above average rainfall figures experienced throughout the Spring and Summer. Flowering was very disjointed, with cold, windy and wet weather experienced throughout the very long three week flowering period, which created uneven fruit development, disease pressure, and which ultimately led to lower yields and some uneven ripening.  

Summer was mild and will be remembered for two major rainfall events in January – of 70mm and 121mm here at the winery – leaving Rutherglen with its wettest January in recorded history. 

These two rainfall events put a high level of disease pressure across all varieties, leading us to fruit thin and leaf pluck most of our blocks to improve air-flow and reduce the risk of moulds developing.  

February and March were dotted with a couple of rain events, 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 3 weeks later than usual, with the vintage starting on 23rd February with Alpine Valleys Pinot Grigio. The majority of the fruit was harvested in the second half of March and April, with the last fruit harvested on 27th April, again picking before the next rain event.  

Quality is high in our white varieties, showing great flavour and plenty of natural acidity, ensuring good longevity in the bottle. The red varieties are reflective of the cooler season, showing more elegance of style, with some highlights across Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in particular.

Our viticultural efforts with our fortified varieties paid off, and despite such a challenging year in the vineyard, we have excellent quality in our Muscats, Topaque and port style wines, with our Portuguese varieties shining through with delicious flavours.

Winemakers Comments The Pfeiffer Gamay 2022 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 late May 2022 to lock in fruitfulness and freshness.

Our 2022 Gamay displays an aromatic bouquet of summer berry and red cherry fruits. Traditional foot treading methods are used to create soft tannins, good mid-palate weight and a dry, savoury 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 2027.

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 1.64 g/L                
pH 3.32         
TA 5.97 g/L        
Alcohol 14.4% v/v