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

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2018 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon

A flavoursome, yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with lovely berry fruit and long, soft tannins.
Normal Price: $28.00
Wine Club Price: $25.20

Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage 2018

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

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Fruit Sourcing North East Victoria (Rutherglen and King Valley)

Harvest Date March and April 2018

Vintage Rutherglen enjoyed good winter rainfall in July and August, with above average spring and early summer rainfall, particularly in November and early December. There was talk in agricultural circles of another La Nina weather pattern, along with predictions of summer and autumn rains, leaving us feeling very nervous about the prospect of another wet vintage. Fortunately, January through to April proved to be incredibly dry and very warm, which allowed all varieties to ripen fully and with very low disease load, contributing to the high quality of the vintage. Yields were low, with some varieties (particularly Shiraz) cropping between 30-40% below average. Overall we were around 15-20% down across the vintage. Due to the warm and dry conditions, supplementary irrigation was required to maintain good soil moisture levels and canopy health.

Vintage was back to an earlier start, commencing on 16th February, with Pinot Grigio from the Alpine Valley. From there, vintage rolled on fairly briskly, seeing us harvest fruit every day for the next five weeks, until the end of March. Ripening across all varieties was very even, with most white fruit being harvested before the red fruit was started. The last fruit harvested was Muscadelle for our Topaque wines, picked on 23rd April.

Quality is high, with white wines showing intense fruit aromas and flavours, and good levels of acidity. Our red wines have fantastic colours, great fullness and depth of flavour, ripe tannins and length. Our Portuguese varieties for our port styles performed very strongly this year, our Muscats are rich, with genuine varietal characters, while our Topaques are outstanding.

Winemakers Comments The 2018 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of three parcels of wine from Rutherglen and the King Valley. Each parcel was handled separately. Each parcel was run off by 10-15% at crushing, then cold soaked for 3 days, with gentle pumping over and plunging. Fermentation of two parcels occurred in static fermenters, with hand pump overs carried out twice daily. The third parcel was crushed into an open fermenter, where it was cold soaked for approximately 48 hours. It was then fermented with hand plunging 3 times daily, before being pressed into new French oak hogsheads and puncheons for the completion of fermentation.

Each parcel was matured separately in French oak of various sizes and ages.

The barrel fermented parcel had extended lees contact for 15 months to improve textural properties. After oak maturation, the wine was blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early September 2019.

Our 2018 Pfeiffer Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep, dark and brooding purple red colour.  The nose is full of cassis and blackberry fruit, enhanced by toasty new oak.  The palate is rich and full bodied, with lovely fore to mid-palate fruit, persisting to a long and satisfying finish.

Partners Robyn Pfeiffer’s slow roasted leg of lamb with all the trimmings.

Cellar A terrific wine to enjoy now and over ten years until 2028.

Vegan Friendly Vegan NO | Vegetarian YES.  Produced with the aid of egg products and traces may remain.

Yeast FX 10 - A yeast strain which enhances colour and fruit character of the wine.
XR – A yeast strain that enhances varietal characters of full bodied red wines.

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar .89 g/L
pH 3.48
TA 6.18 g/L
Alcohol 14.9% v/v