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

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2018 Pfeiffer Durif

Durif, a variety synonymous with Rutherglen, has a gloriously vibrant, incredibly dark colour with magnificent depth of flavour and delicious richness on the palate.
Normal Price: $32.50
Wine Club Price: $29.25

Grapes Durif

Vintage 2018

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

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Awards BRONZE: Cowra Wine Show 2021

Fruit Sourcing Rutherglen

Harvest Date March 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 Durif is sourced from two vineyards in Rutherglen. Each vineyard was picked at different times and therefore handled separately in the winery. Both parcels were given a cold maceration for 2 days prior to fermentation on skins at temperatures of 20-25°C for 8 days. Pump overs occurred twice daily during fermentation, but only for short periods of time to avoid over extraction. Towards the end of fermentation, one parcel was transferred into new French and American oak hogsheads and puncheons to finish fermentation, while the other parcel was left on skins post fermentation for 7 days to allow for further tannin polymerization and increase mouthfeel and depth of flavour.

The 2018 Pfeiffer Durif was matured in a combination of French and American oak of various size and age for approximately 18 months. The wine was then blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early January 2020.

Our 2018 Durif has a deep, dark and inky purple-red colour.  The nose abounds with blackberry, plum and chocolatey fruit, enhanced by spicy new oak characters.  The palate is rich, robust and intensely flavoured, with ripe, plummy mid-palate fruit and powerful tannins providing great length.

Partners Braised Oxtail with Black Olives

Cellar Enjoy now until 2033

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

Yeast Lalvin Clos – A strong fermenting yeast which highlights varietal character and will tolerate high alcohol levels. 

Allergens Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 0.85 g/L
pH 3.86
TA 5.40 g/L
Alcohol 15.1 % v/v