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Chris Pfeiffer

Take a look at this picture.  This lovely, happy, smiling face of Chris is when he WAS the Chief Judge at the Rutherglen Wine Show and Australian Fortified Wine Show this year, 2019. 

This was Chris’s last year.  He has been “’The Chief” since 1986, and had been judging wines as a Wine Show Judge at many different locations throughout Australia, for many years before that.  

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Vale Colin Campbell

This letter is a story, a story of sadness and a story of happiness, as I have reason to look back into the last 35 years.

 

Many of you who are “Pfriends of Pfeiffers” will also be friends of Campbells Wines of Rutherglen.  Those who are, will already know the sad news that has rocked Rutherglen.  For those who don’t know already, Rutherglen and the Australian Wine Industry as a whole, lost a great friend and ally with the sudden and unexpected death of Colin Campbell on the 10th of May, just a few months ago.

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Huge Haul At Cowra

Judging for the 37th Cowra Wine Show has concluded, with almost 1000 wines being put to the test.

 

Local and smaller vineyards across Australia were pitted against some big names in the industry, and the 2nd generation Rutherglen wine making family, Pfeiffer Wines, came up trumps, taking out three trophies; including the Best Dry Red Table Wine in Show, as well as eight gold medals at the National Show.

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Current Pfeiffer Wines UK Order Form

Current Pfeiffer Wines UK Order Form

Wine Funnies

Check out a few of these funny images we have seen floating around on social media of late.

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Pfeiffer Pinot Noir

As you know, our Pinot Noir vines are the oldest on our Sunday Creek vineyard.  They have had the hardest life, beginning with their trip here, originally from Burgundy in France.  They have suffered through many, many floods, times of great stress through drought, and like we humans, they continue to age.  They have become very gnarled and nobbly, some have not responded to all the love and affection heaped upon them and have given up their zest for life, while others are “soldiering on”, but struggling more and more as the years go by.

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The Life Of A Winemaker

"The Life of a Winemaker" as seen through my eyes, those of the wife of one winemaker, Chris and the mother of the other winemaker, Jen.

 

The year for the winemaker is an ongoing programme, though not just for one year.  Some wines take longer than the year of the vintage to be made, like red wines that mature in oak barrels for more than a year before being bottled. Then there are the "pfamous" fortified wines that mature forever in their special oak barrels and are being tended to all the time by the winemakers.

 

However, let’s get back to the start of the year.  As summer progresses during January and the grapes are ripening, developing lots of flavour and sweet fruit characters, Chris and Jen walk through the vines, plucking grapes from different parts of the bunches and different parts of the vine.

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Fascinating Wine Facts

When picking grapes the skins should be rich and full of flavour. You know the grapes are ripe when the seeds have lost any trace of bitterness and have a nutty richness.

In ancient Greece, a dinner host would take the first sip of wine to assure guests the wine was not poisoned, hence the phrase “drinking to one’s health.”

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The Turning Of The Seasons

Grapes have an annual life cycle and each season plays a vital role in that cycle.

 

Winter

For us here at Pfeiffer Wines, our new year begins after our “pfabulous” and “pfamous” Winery Walkabout which is held every Queen’s Birthday Weekend in June. It is then, in the depths of Winter, that we start pruning the vineyard. Bbrrrr! Yes it is cold but this short time of 10 weeks is when the vines are dormant and can be cut or rather pruned, in a particular way which will determine the way the vine will perform for the next harvest time in the actual New Year. By the end of August the pruning job has been done and each vine now knows exactly what it is expected to do.

 

Winter At Pfeiffer Wines

 

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