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Cuttings - Chris Pfeiffer - October 2014

By Chris Pfeiffer

 

At this time each year we hold the Rutherglen Wine Show and Australian Fortified Wine Show. It is an exciting time as it allows the winemakers of Rutherglen to have their wines peer reviewed alongside wines from around Australia. It is a great opportunity to do some benchmarking, to confirm directions for your wine styles and see what other winemakers are doing.

 

As Chairman of the Judging Panel, Pfeiffer Wines do not enter, however we do get to see what other winemakers are doing, observing the trends and training our palates. We believe that we are extremely fortunate to have this opportunity on our doorstep.

 

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Cuttings - Jen Pfeiffer - October 2014

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

Greetings from Portugal!!!!!
 
I’m here doing vintage at Quinta Dos Murcas in the Douro Valley. Quinta Dos Murcas is a small winery situated in a tiny little town called Covelinhas (in between Pinhao and Regua for those of you who have been there before). I think we are about ½ way through the vintage as I write this, with most of the remaining fruit set to come in next week. I’ve had a great time but that’s a story for another time……
 
As we approach the end of this year (boy how the time flies!), I would like to thank all of you for sharing our 30th anniversary year with us, through our dinners and long lunches, your visits to the winery and all the lovely emails, phone calls and cards congratulating us. We’ve had a wonderful year. 

 

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Cuttings - Chris Pfeiffer - July 2014

By Chris Pfeiffer

 

I am sitting next to the heater trying to keep warm, as the High Country celebrates the large amount of snow that was dumped on the weekend. The wind must be blowing straight off it! We start pruning tomorrow, long johns will be essential.

 

I have just refreshed my memory as to what is in the current Wine Club packs. Jen and I must have known that it was going to be cold when they were despatched. There is a great choice of full flavoured wines, both white and red. There is also a good representation of vintage 2012, which produced full flavour in the grapes, just ideal for cooler weather.

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Cuttings - Jen Pfeiffer - July 2014

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

Hello “Pfriends”,

 

Greetings from London!  I am currently on a promotional trip through the UK, and am enjoying a beautiful sunny day in the park as I write this. Certainly being in the UK gives me the opportunity to reflect on how much our business has grown over the last 30 years and how the wine world has become a much more global environment in which we must compete.  

 

I remember the heady days of the 1990s when Australian wine exploded on the UK scene, and saw a huge level of unprecedented growth in the wine industry. 

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Cuttings - Chris Pfeiffer - February 2014

By Chris Pfeiffer

 

Happy New Year. Let’s hope that it is kind to us all and we make some lovely wines.

 

As mentioned in the last Carlyle Cuttings, 2014 is a significant year for Pfeiffer Wines as it represents 30 years since Robyn and I attended that auction that saw the birth of Pfeiffer Wines. A lot has happened in that time and the potential of our winery / distillery continues to reveal itself. We are fortunate to have such an attractive site and we have both enjoyed coaxing it back to life. We are looking forward to the next thirty years when we can sit down with a glass of delicious wine and enjoy it even more than we have in the past thirty years.

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Cuttings - Jen Pfeiffer - February 2014

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

G'day "Pfriends",

 

Happy New Year to you all!!! Although it feels like a long time has passed between now and the 1st of January 2014, I wish you and your family all the health and happiness you could wish for in 2014!

 

As I’m sure you’re aware, 2014 is a big year for Pfeiffer Wines – it is our 30th Anniversary. I know Pfeiffer Wines holds many special memories for you guys – whether it goes way back to the 1980s when you came into our newly opened cellar door and were warmly greeted by my mum behind the counter (with me most likely tugging at her skirt); perhaps you and your children have fed the turtles off the bridge; or maybe you survived the wild weekends of Winery Walkabout, or perhaps you’ve simply had a lovely relaxing picnic on our Sunday Creek Bridge.

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Cuttings - Chris Pfeiffer - October 2013

By Chris Pfeiffer

 

Hello our “Pfaithful Pfeiffer Pfriends”,

 

Here we are in October already with the next pack about to be despatched. It seems that I was writing the last Carlyle Cuttings only yesterday! We must have been busy.

 

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Cuttings - Jen Pfeiffer - October 2013

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

G’day everyone,

 

Well Spring is definitely in the air in Rutherglen!!!!  We are well and truly into the growing season now and there is lovely green growth in the vineyards after the dormancy of winter.  It’s a very busy, exciting and beautiful time in the vineyard right now!!!  There are the protective sprays to apply to protect against mildews and bunch rots, the spring grass is mown and mulched, and our irrigation system is prepared for watering in the summer months. 

 

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Vineyard Report - Spring 2013

By Tony Ormond

 

We all know that great wines start with great vines. Here’s a snap shot of what’s happening in the vineyards...

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Cuttings - Chris Pfeiffer - July 2013

By Chris Pfeiffer

 

Welcome  to  our  “Pfaithful  Pfriends  of Pfeiffers”,

 

Having  the  vintage  period  behind  us,  we  are now in a position to commence our member’s trips  along  the  East  Coast.  In  fact,  on  the weekend  of  June  23  we  kicked  off  with  our Brisbane Long Lunch.

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Cuttings - Jen Pfeiffer - July 2013

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

Hello to you all,
 
Greetings from the UK!!!

 

I am currently travelling around the UK on a sales trip, and experiencing a very cold and miserable English summer. I think it might be warmer back in Rutherglen right now!!!!

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What Is Cork Taint?

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

A corked wine is often described as having a mouldy or musty character; like sweaty socks, mattress money or wet cardboard.  The nose of the wine is dulled by cork taint, and the musty flavour is detectable on the palate.  It occurs in varying degrees, but in the worst cases, the wine can be rendered undrinkable.

 

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All You Need To Know About Pfeiffer Topaque

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

Pfeiffer Wines is located in the Rutherglen wine region, world regarded as a premium region for Topaque production.

 

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Wine And Ageing

By Chris Pfeiffer

 

What makes a good aged wine?

 

A good aged wine will always remain true to its identity. The wine will still display fruit characteristics, once a wine has lost its fruit then it is considered to be past its best.  The wine will be enhanced by the ageing process. In this process, compounds within the wine react with the small amount of air in the headspace between the wine and the closure. In this process new flavours develop, which add to the wine's characteristics.  If we are enjoying an aged white wine, we may begin to see the development of biscuity and toasty characters.  On tasting the wine, we expect to have a balanced palate of all the components eg fruit, acid, tannin and alcohol.

 

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What Is Monbadon?

By Chris Pfeiffer

 

We have a small quantity of Monbadon (known as Burger in the USA) which, along with Palomino, we use principally for apera use.  We find that the variety has a lot of similarity to Palomino, big bunches, big berries, subdued flavour and low phenolics. It has less of a fruit profile than Palomino.

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23 Robyn Pfeiffer "Pfacts"

By Robyn Pfeiffer

 

We were granted the 87th Victorian Vignerons licence.  There are now 600 in Victoria.

 

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Sediment In Wine

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

Have you ever wondered what that sediment is in an older red that you have saved for that special occasion?  Do you know if it’s safe to drink?  Why don’t we see sediment in white wines?

 

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Riesling

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

I love the months of Spring – the feeling of summer brewing; the long, warm days, yet the cool nights.  After drinking a lot of reds and fortified wines in the winter, I find myself starting to open a few dry white wines, and my favourite variety of all is Riesling!

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Another Vintage Bites The Dust

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

While we are all enjoying the last of the balmy autumn days, the vintage period draws to an end for the local vignerons of the region.  After the compulsory sleep in and lazy weekend are enjoyed, there are still plenty of jobs to keep a winemaker busy post harvest!

 

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Tastes Of Rutherglen

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

March means two things to me – vintage and Tastes of Rutherglen.  For as long as I can remember, Tastes of Rutherglen has been held over 2 weekends in March, a celebration of Rutherglen wine, food and produce. 

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Autumn

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

Autumn is both a beautiful and vibrant time around the local wineries, as it is our vintage (the grape harvest).  The vineyards around Rutherglen are awash with green, yellow and red foliage as the leaves change colour and fall off depending on their variety.

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Winery Walkabout

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

For the last 38 years, June has marked the Winery Walkabout festival, celebrated over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.  That’s right, Winery Walkabout started in 1974, making it Australia’s original wine festival.  Back in the 70s, it wasn’t the huge festival it is today – in fact, there were about only 10 wineries who participated across the event, and they were located all over the north east of Victoria.  These days, there are over 20 Rutherglen wineries involved in the festival, all offering a huge array of activities and entertainment for participants.

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Winter Wines

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

Well there is no doubting that winter is definitely upon us, with plenty of frosty mornings and the occasional rainy day.  We all love red wine in winter, with its lovely warming qualities.  We take comfort in a nice spicy Shiraz with a beef curry; a lovely, brooding Cabernet Sauvignon with our favourite roasted dinner; or even a soft, subtle Pinot Noir with a braised chicken dish.

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Vintage

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

Well it’s almost that time of year again – make or break time in the winery, our harvest or vintage as we call it in the industry.  Vintage only comes round once per year, so as a winemaker, it is the one chance for the year to make all the wine required for sales until the next vintage.

 

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What Wine Do I Drink With Chocolate?

By Jen Pfeiffer


Some say it can't be done – pairing wine and chocolate – but when you have the right chocolate with the right wine, it can be a match made in heaven!!!!

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Textural White Wines

By Jen Pfeiffer


When I think of texture in white wines, I think of varieties such as Chardonnay, Marsanne and Viognier.  These wines are more full bodied than aromatic whites, and can be paired with more robust flavours in our cooking.

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Sparkling Wines

By Jen Pfeiffer


At Christmas time more than any other time of the year, we hear the pop of the Champagne or sparkling wine cork.  Most of us use the term Champagne for all forms of sparkling wine, but did you know that by law, the term "Champagne", is reserved only for wines produced in the Champagne region in the north east of France?

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Cooking with Wine

By Jen Pfeiffer

 

I got a great little magnet recently – some of you may have seen it – it reads "I love cooking with wine; sometimes I even put it in the food"!!!!  Inspired by this magnet, I thought I should discuss the topic of cooking with wine.

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Shiraz

By Jen Pfeiffer


Research taken has shown that Australians drink approximately 25 litres of wine per person per year.  That doesn't seem like much to me, but I don't think I'm the average wine drinker!!

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Cabernet Sauvignon

By Jen Pfeiffer

Last night, I had a couple of glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon, which got me thinking about the variety.

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Pruning

By Jen Pfeiffer


As I am writing this, a blustering wind is blowing outside, rain is threatening and it definitely, definitely is cold out there.  Sure feels like winter to me, and winter in the vineyard is the time when the grape vines are in dormancy and need to be pruned.

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Gamay

By Jen Pfeiffer


Every year on the Sunday before the Melbourne Cup, Pfeiffer Wines celebrates the release of our current vintage Gamay, with the Pfeiffer Pfrolic on the Sunday Creek Bridge. We brunch into lunch into afternoon tea, the Gamay flows and everyone has a wonderful time!

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Wine Shows

By Jen Pfeiffer


Ever wondered what's behind those little gold, silver and bronze stickers you sometimes see displayed on a bottle of wine?


Are they simply another tool of marketing, enticing you to buy that particular wine?

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