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

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2018 Pfeiffer Carlyle Chardonnay Marsanne

A fresh, unwooded style, blending two classics - Chardonnay and Marsanne.
Normal Price: $16.50
Wine Club Price: $14.85
Availability AVAILABLE

Grapes Chardonnay 71%
Marsanne 29%

Vintage 2018

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2018 Pfeiffer Carlyle Chardonnay Marsanne to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

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Fruit Sourcing North East Victoria (Rutherglen, King Valley)

Harvest Date February and March 2018

Vintage Rutherglen enjoyed good winter rainfall in July and August, with above average spring and early summer rainfall, particularly in November and early December.  There was talk in agricultural circles of another La Nina weather pattern, along with predictions of summer and autumn rains, leaving us feeling very nervous about the prospect of another wet vintage.  Fortunately, January through to April proved to be incredibly dry and very warm, which allowed all varieties to ripen fully and with very low disease load, contributing to the high quality of the vintage.  Yields were low, with some varieties (particularly Shiraz) cropping between 30-40% below average.  Overall we were around 15-20% down across the vintage.  Due to the warm and dry conditions, supplementary irrigation was required to maintain good soil moisture levels and canopy health.

Vintage was back to an earlier start, commencing on 16th February, with Pinot Grigio from the Alpine Valley.  From there, vintage rolled on fairly briskly, seeing us harvest fruit every day for the next five weeks, until the end of March.  Ripening across all varieties was very even, with most white fruit being harvested before the red fruit was started.    The last fruit harvested was Muscadelle for our Topaque wines, picked on 23rd April.

Quality is high, with white wines showing intense fruit aromas and flavours, and good levels of acidity.  Our red wines have fantastic colours, great fullness and depth of flavour, ripe tannins and length.  Our Portuguese varieties for our port styles performed very strongly this year, our Muscats are rich, with genuine varietal characters, while our Topaques are outstanding. 

Winemakers Comments A blend of 4 parcels, which were each fermented separately in stainless steel tanks.  One tank of Chardonnay was fermented using indigenous yeasts on light solids.  The other tank of Chardonnay and the two tanks of Marsanne were fermented using cultured yeasts for approximately 14 days at temperatures between 14°and 16° Celsius.

Both the Chardonnay and Marsanne parcels received extended lees contact (batonagè) in tank for 8 months.  This helps to create a creamy texture across the mid palate.  The wine was then blended at the end of October, and allowed to gently settle in tank.  It was then racked off yeast lees, fined and clarified prior to bottling at the end of December 2018.

Our 2018 Chardonnay Marsanne is a delicious, un-wooded wine displaying lifted aromas of white peach and citrus fruits.  The palate is fresh and vibrant, with a lovely creamy texture and a crisp, refreshing finish.finish.

Try With Great with all types of food. Try it with traditional Caesar Salad topped with grilled chicken.

Cellar Enjoy now through until 2024.

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

Yeast Wild yeasts which form naturally on the grapes in the vineyard.
ICVD254 – A yeast that enhances mouthfeel and texture.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added

Technical Details Res. Sugar 3.70 g/L
pH 3.42
TA 5.72g/L
Alcohol 13.4 % v/v