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

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2018 Pfeiffer Riesling

A wonderful wine, reminiscent of limes and passionfruit. Good mid-palate flavour balanced by a crisp acidity.
Normal Price: $19.90
Wine Club Price: $17.91
Description
Availability LIMITED BOTTLES REMAINING

Grapes Riesling

Vintage 2018

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2018 Riesling to maximise it's flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

Reviews Watch This Space!

Awards SILVER: Victorian Wines Show 2018
BRONZE: Ballarat Wine Show 2018

Fruit Sourcing King Valley

Harvest Date 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 Riesling is regarded very highly in the Pfeiffer family for its wonderful depth of flavour and great potential for bottle maturation.

Our 2018 Riesling is made from fruit grown from a single vineyard in the King Valley.  It was machine harvested in the cool of the early morning, and crushed to the press immediately on arrival at the winery. Our Riesling is made only using the free run juice, which is cold settled, fined and clarified prior to fermentation.  The wine was fermented in a stainless steel tank for approximately 14 days at temperatures between 11° & 13° Celsius. The wine was stabilized, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early May 2018 to lock in fruitfulness and freshness.

Our 2018 Riesling is pristine pale straw in colour.  It has a dynamic bouquet of lime and passionfruit.  These flavours follow on to the palate, with crisp acidity and a fine, dry finish.

Partners Extremely versatile, able to handle both delicate and strong flavours.  Superb with seafood.

Cellar Eminently enjoyable now whilst young and zesty, but even more sublime as it gracefully matures through until 2028.

Yeast QA23 – A yeast which heightens aromatics.

Allergens Nil Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar .41 g/L        
pH 3.11
TA 6.46 g/L        
Alcohol 12.8 % v/v