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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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My Favourite Social Media Pictures

Autumn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What To Drink...For Father's Day

For such a special occasion, it's worth opening something frothy, bubbly, special or just very drinkable, writes Jane Faulkner.

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Another James Halliday 5 Star Rating

The 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion was released last Thursday and we are proud to announce that for the 5th consecutive year we have been rated a 5 star winery.  14 of our wines received a score of 90 points or above, with our Rare Rutherglen Muscat reaching the dizzy heights of 98 points and our Rare Rutherglen Topaque and our Grand Rutherglen Muscat scoring 97 points.

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Pfeiffer Wines Art Show People's Choice Award Winner 2014

The Pfeiffer Wines Art Show People's Choice Award goes to....

 

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New Release...Pinot Grigio

We are celebrating Spring with the release of a brand new addition to the Pfeiffer range!

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Walkabout Social Media Winners...

A big congratulations to the following people who's pics have won our Winery Walkabout social media competitions this year....

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And the winners are....

Congratulations to the following winners who have recently won some great prizes...

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