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

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2016 Pfeiffer Chardonnay

A finely structured Chardonnay with a creamy texture, well integrated oak and good length.
Normal Price: $22.00
Wine Club Price: $19.80

Grapes Chardonnay

Vintage 2016

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2016 Chardonnay to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

Reviews James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2017
90/100 "Not quite smoke and mirrors, because a lot of winemaking (time and cost) went into this Chardonnay, and it wasn't wasted.  It has elegance and poise, and could slip past before you realised what was going on."

Awards SILVER: Riverland Wine Show 2017
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2017
BRONZE: Cowra Wine Show 2017

Fruit Sourcing King Valley, Rutherglen

Harvest Date February 2016

Vintage The 2016 growing season looked very promising, with good Winter and Spring rainfall until October.  November and December were dry and warm, leading to a relatively mild January.  Supplementary irrigation was required to maintain good soil moisture levels and canopy health.

The first week of February saw two inches of rain fall, which was just before the onset of harvest, so certainly created a few nerves at the beginning of vintage.

Fortunately the rest of the harvest remained dry, and all grape varieties came in very early, with picking starting on the 10th February.  Vintage progressed at a fast and furious pace, due to three very warm weeks of temperatures between 35-40C, with incredibly rapid ripening across all varieties.  Early blocks of Cabernet, Durif and Muscat were all harvested in February! 

March saw the warm and dry conditions continue, along with the fast pace of the vintage.   All varieties were harvested by the end of the month, with the exception of Muscadelle for Topaque, which was picked in April. 

Overall cropping levels were average and the quality of the vintage is good, with ripe and full flavours, with Muscadelle for Topaque the highlight.

Winemakers Comments The 2016 Pfeiffer Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from 2 different vineyards – our Sunday Creek vineyard on the Murray River flats and Richard Carson’s King Valley vineyard in Cheshunt.  Each parcel was picked and handled separately.  The Sunday Creek vineyard parcel was hand picked and whole bunch pressed into brand new French oak barriques to undergo natural fermentation on juice solids.  The King Valley parcel was crushed and pressed, then fermented on light solids, completing the last ½ of the ferment in new and one year old French oak barriques.  Both parcels were matured on yeast lees for 8 months.  

Weekly batonage was used to create a creamy texture on the palate.   The wine was blended in tank in November to allow a gentle settling, before racking and clarification for bottling at the end of December 2016.

Our 2016 Pfeiffer Chardonnay has an aromatic bouquet of white peach and melon fruit, enhanced by new oak characters.  The palate exhibits rich, ripe fruit flavours, with a creamy texture, lovely complexity and great length.

Try With Poultry

Cellar Enjoy now and until 2024

Yeast Wild yeasts which form naturally on the grapes in the vineyard.
Zymaflore Delta – a strain that enhances Chardonnay varietal character and mouthfeel.

Allergens Produced with the aid of milk products and traces may remain.
Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 0.76 g/L                    
pH 3.36        
TA 6.30 g/L        
Alcohol 13.8 % v/v