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

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2018 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
Description
Availability NEW VINTAGE RELEASE

Grapes Chardonnay

Vintage 2018

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

Reviews James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019
87/100

Awards BRONZE: Riverina Wine Show 2019
BRONZE: Cowra Wine Show 2019

Fruit Sourcing King Valley, Rutherglen

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 The 2018 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 2018.

Our 2018 Pfeiffer Chardonnay is pale straw in colour. The nose abounds with citrus and stone fruit flavours, enhanced by barrel fermentation in new French oak. The palate is finely structured, with lovely complexity and a creamy texture gained from extended lees ageing in both our barrels and amphora (terracotta egg). 

Try With Roast Chicken 

Cellar Enjoy now and until 2028

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.
LA Excellence TXL – a strain targeted for barrel fermented styles under-going extended lees ageing.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 1.43 g/L                    
pH 3.33         
TA 5.96 g/L        
Alcohol 14.2 % v/v