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2017 Pfeiffer Carlyle Chardonnay Marsanne

A fresh, unwooded style, blending two classics - Chardonnay and Marsanne.
Normal Price: $16.50
Wine Club Price: $14.85

Grapes Chardonnay 85.6%
Marsanne 14.4%

Vintage 2017

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2017 Pfeiffer Carlyle Chardonnay Marsanne to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

Reviews James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019

Awards Not Shown Yet

Fruit Sourcing Victoria (Chardonnay – Rutherglen, King Valley; Marsanne - Central Victoria)

Harvest Date March 2017

Vintage Winter and spring 2016 saw rainfall averages well above normal, with heavy rainfall experienced between May and October.  This coupled with high water releases into the Murray River system saw our Sunday Creek vineyard and parts of our Carlyle vineyard flooded in late September, into October.  This put extreme pressure on the management of the vineyards, as we could not access them for around 4 weeks.  Thankfully, summer was relatively dry, with less than average rainfall levels, which helped maintain the fruit quality.  Yields were high, with some varieties cropping between 30-50% higher than average.  These parcels were bunch thinned at veraison to achieve vine balance, giving good airflow, and reducing the bunch numbers to promote concentrated fruit flavours.   A low level of supplementary irrigation was required to maintain good soil moisture levels and canopy health.

Vintage started much later this year, commencing on 2nd March, around 3 weeks later than last year’s early harvest.  The first variety to be harvested was our Sunday Creek Frontignac.  March saw a continuation of the warm, dry conditions experienced in summer, which allowed for a slow and steady development of sugar and flavor in the fruit, which meant for a slower paced start to the vintage.  Three rain events in April saw the pace pick up, leading to the last fruit being harvested on April 28th, being Muscadelle and Muscat from our Sunday Creek vineyard.

Quality is good, with white wines showing lovely delicacy and elegant fruit aromas and flavours, with great natural acidity.  Our red wines have terrific colour, with attractive fruit lift, and strong varietal definition.  Our Portuguese varieties for our port styles performed very strongly this year, and our Muscats and Topaques show lovely perfume and elegance.

Winemakers Comments A blend of 3 parcels, of cloudy juices, which were each fermented separately in stainless steel tanks.  One tank of Chardonnay was fermented using indigenous yeasts on heavy solids.  The other tank of Chardonnay and the tank of Marsanne was fermented using cultured yeasts for approximately 14 days at temperatures between 14°and 16° Celsius. 

Both the Chardonnay and Marsanne parcels received extended lees contact (batonagè) in tank for 8 months.  This helps to create a creamy texture across the mid palate.  The wine was then blended at the end of October, and allowed to gently settle in tank.  It was then racked off yeast lees, fined and clarified prior to bottling at the end of December 2017. 

Our 2017 Chardonnay Marsanne is a delicious, un-wooded wine displaying lifted aromas of white peach and citrus fruits.  The palate is refreshing, with generous fruit characters persisting to a clean, crisp finish.

Try With Great with all types of food. Try it with traditional Caesar Salad topped with grilled chicken.

Cellar Enjoy now through until 2023.

Yeast Wild yeasts which form naturally on the grapes in the vineyard.
ICVD254 – A yeast that enhances mouthfeel and texture.

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

Technical Details Res. Sugar 4.17 g/L
pH 3.20
TA 5.75g/L
Alcohol 13.0 % v/v