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

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2019 Pfeiffer Marsanne

A lovely palate of stone fruit flavours, with a chalky, minerally finish.
Normal Price: $22.00
Wine Club Price: $19.80
Description
Availability NEW VINTAGE RELEASE

Grapes Marsanne

Vintage 2019

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2019 Marsanne to maximise it's flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

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Fruit Sourcing Rutherglen 

Harvest Date February 2019

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 Our 2018 Pfeiffer Marsanne is made only using the free-run juice from our Marsanne fruit. After crushing and pressing, the juice was left to cold settle for 2 days, without the addition of enzymes. After a rough racking (leaving only the very heavy solids), the juice was then fermented in a stainless steel tank for 18 days at low temperatures of approximately 15-20°C.

Post fermentation, our Marsanne was stored in a stainless steel tank, and left in contact with its yeast lees. The lees were agitated weekly to build flavour and creaminess on the palate. Prior to bottling in January 2019, the wine was clarified, fined and filtered.

Our 2019 Marsanne is pale straw in colour.  It has an aromatic bouquet of honeysuckle and stone fruits.  The palate has a gentle, creamy mouth feel, with lemon sherbet and white peach fruit flavours, persisting to a crisp, refreshing finish.

Partners Garlic butter baked salmon with crispy roast potatoes and asparagus.

Cellar Fresh and fruitful as a young wine, our 2019 Marsanne is capable of bottle maturation for 8 years up to 2027, creating a fuller, toastier style of wine.

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

Yeast ICVD 254 – A yeast that enhances varietal character and builds creaminess of texture across the mid-palate.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 1.43 g/L    
pH 3.22         
TA 5.87g/L        
Alcohol 14.1 % v/v