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

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2018 Pfeiffer Gamay

Produced for over three decades, the Pfeiffer Gamay is truly a Pfeiffer “pflagship”. Gamay, more affectionately known throughout the world as Beaujolais, is produced by only a handful of growers in Australia.
Normal Price: $18.00
Wine Club Price: $16.20

Grapes Gamay

Vintage 2018

Seal A screw cap been used on our 2018 Gamay to maximise its flavour and freshness and to elimate the chances of cork taint.

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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 Pfeiffer Gamay 2018 was blended from fruit from our old vines (40+ years) and our young vines (15+ years).  The two blocks ripen at different times, so were picked separately, but treated in the same way in the winery.  

The Gamay grapes were hand-picked into airtight bins.  Yeast and CO2 gas were added and the bins sealed.  The grapes commenced fermentation in their whole bunches (including stalks) in these airtight conditions.  After around 14 days, the bins were opened and the grapes crushed by foot (a process called “pigeage”).  Fermentation continued with pigeage carried out 3 times a day.  After 3 days of pigeage, the wine was pressed into a stainless steel tank for completion of fermentation.

Each parcel was kept separate until the completion of fermentation.  The two parcels were then blended, fined and clarified prior to bottling in early May 2018 to lock in fruitfulness and freshness.

Our 2018 Gamay has an aromatic bouquet of dark cherry and red berry fruits.  Traditional foot treading methods are used to create soft tannins and good mid-palate weight.   Pfeiffer Gamay, with its deliciously dry, savoury finish, can be enjoyed chilled or at room temperature and is the perfect accompaniment to most foods.  

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Cellar Enjoy both chilled or at room temperature, now until 2023.

Yeast EC1118 – A neutral yeast, commonly used in the production of sparkling wine.

Allergens Produced with the aid of egg products and traces may remain.
Preservative (220) Added.

Technical Details Res. Sugar 2.08 g/L                
pH 3.49        
TA 5.86 g/L        
Alcohol 13.8% v/v