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

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2017 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 2017

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2017 Chardonnay to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

Reviews James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019

Awards SILVER: Riverina Wine Show 2018
SILVER: Cowra Wine Show 2018
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2018
BRONZE: Victorian Wine Show 2018

Fruit Sourcing King Valley, Rutherglen

Harvest Date March 2017

Vintage Winter and spring 2016 saw rainfall averages well above normal, with heavy rainfall experienced between May and October.  This coupled with high water releases into the Murray River system saw our Sunday Creek vineyard and parts of our Carlyle vineyard flooded in late September, into October.  This put extreme pressure on the management of the vineyards, as we could not access them for around 4 weeks.  Thankfully, summer was relatively dry, with less than average rainfall levels, which helped maintain the fruit quality.  Yields were high, with some varieties cropping between 30-50% higher than average.  These parcels were bunch thinned at veraison to achieve vine balance, giving good airflow, and reducing the bunch numbers to promote concentrated fruit flavours.   A low level of supplementary irrigation was required to maintain good soil moisture levels and canopy health.

Vintage started much later this year, commencing on 2nd March, around 3 weeks later than last year’s early harvest.  The first variety to be harvested was our Sunday Creek Frontignac.  March saw a continuation of the warm, dry conditions experienced in summer, which allowed for a slow and steady development of sugar and flavour in the fruit, which meant for a slower paced start to the vintage.  Three rain events in April saw the pace pick up, leading to the last fruit being harvested on April 28th, being Muscadelle and Muscat from our Sunday Creek vineyard.

Quality is good, with white wines showing lovely delicacy and elegant fruit aromas and flavours, with great natural acidity.  Our red wines have terrific colour, with attractive fruit lift, and strong varietal definition.  Our Portuguese varieties for our port styles performed very strongly this year, and our Muscats and Topaques show lovely perfume and elegance.

Winemakers Comments The 2017 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 and our ceramic amphora 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 2017.

Our 2017 Chardonnay has a lovely nose of white peach and citrus fruits, with attractive, toasty oak characters.   The palate is soft and creamy, with complexity and texture gained from extended lees ageing in both our amphora (ceramic egg) and French oak barriques.

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Cellar Enjoy now and until 2025

Yeast Wild yeasts which form naturally on the grapes in the vineyard.
LA Excellence TXL – a strain targeted for barrel fermented styles under-going extended lees ageing.

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

Technical Details Res. Sugar 1.53 g/L                    
pH 3.26        
TA 6.18 g/L        
Alcohol 13.6 % v/v