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

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2019 Pfeiffer Chardonnay

A finely structured Chardonnay with a creamy texture, well integrated oak and good length.
Normal Price: $23.00
Wine Club Price: $20.70
Description
Availability NEW VINTAGE RELEASE

Grapes Chardonnay

Vintage 2019

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2019 Chardonnay to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

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Fruit Sourcing King Valley, Rutherglen

Harvest Date February and March 2018

Vintage Like most of south eastern Australia, Rutherglen experienced dry conditions in winter and spring of 2018. Our annual rainfall for 2018 was well below the average 565mm, with only 316mm falling for the year. With such low rainfall, we were forced to commence irrigation in late September to try to build canopy strength. Irrigation continued throughout the rest of the year, constantly throughout the summer and also during the harvest.

We experienced one of our hottest summers on record, with several weeks of temperatures above 40C in January. These exceptionally hot and dry conditions resulted in low yields, particularly in Chardonnay for the whites (which was around 40% down), in Shiraz for the reds (which was around 50%) and in our Muscat and Topaques (which were around 50% down). Overall our yields were 25-30% lower than forecasted.

Vintage commenced on the 21st February, with Pinot Grigio, Frontignac and Shiraz all being harvested on the first day. We experienced yet another compressed vintage, with 90% of our intake being harvested in 5 weeks and the remaining 10% of our intake being harvested in the subsequent 4 weeks. This of course put a lot of pressure on fermenter space, refrigeration and our staff, with such an intense period in the vintage.

Fruit quality is good, with the white varieties showing strong varietal characters and surprisingly good acidity given the hot weather. Our red wines have exceptional deep and dark purple colours, with ripe, generous and concentrated flavours, very much reflective of the vintage. Our fortified wines have performed strongly as well, with our Portuguese varieties for our port styles being particularly good and our Muscat and Topaque wines having great lusciousness and depth of flavour.
 
Winemakers Comments The 2019 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 9 months. Weekly batonage was used to create a creamy texture on the palate. The wine was blended in tank in November to allow gentle settling, before racking in December. The racked wine was then stabilized, fined and clarified in preparation for bottling in mid-January 2020.

Our 2019 Chardonnay is pale straw in colour. It has an aromatic bouquet of white peach and citrus fruits, with some toasty notes from barrel fermentation in new French oak.  The palate is creamy and textural, with lovely complexity gained from extended lees ageing, and a long, satisfying finish.

Try With A seafood and poultry specialist

Cellar Enjoy now and until 2029

Vegan Friendly YES

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 1.63 g/L                    
pH 3.24         
TA 5.44 g/L        
Alcohol 14.3 % v/v