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

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2019 Pfeiffer Carlyle Chardonnay Marsanne

A fresh, unwooded style, blending two classics - Chardonnay and Marsanne.
Normal Price: $17.50
Wine Club Price: $15.75

Grapes Chardonnay 92%
Marsanne 8%

Vintage 2019

Seal A screw cap has been used on our 2019 Pfeiffer Carlyle Chardonnay Marsanne to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.

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Fruit Sourcing North East Victoria (Rutherglen, King Valley)

Harvest Date February and March 2019

Vintage Like most of south eastern Australia, Rutherglen experienced dry conditions in winter and spring of 2018. Our annual rainfall for 2018 was well below the average 565mm, with only 316mm falling for the year. With such low rainfall, we were forced to commence irrigation in late September to try to build canopy strength. Irrigation continued throughout the rest of the year, constantly throughout the summer and also during the harvest.

We experienced one of our hottest summers on record, with several weeks of temperatures above 40C in January. These exceptionally hot and dry conditions resulted in low yields, particularly in Chardonnay for the whites (which was around 40% down), in Shiraz for the reds (which was around 50%) and in our Muscat and Topaques (which were around 50% down). Overall our yields were 25-30% lower than forecasted.

Vintage commenced on the 21st February, with Pinot Grigio, Frontignac and Shiraz all being harvested on the first day. We experienced yet another compressed vintage, with 90% of our intake being harvested in 5 weeks and the remaining 10% of our intake being harvested in the subsequent 4 weeks. This of course put a lot of pressure on fermenter space, refrigeration and our staff, with such an intense period in the vintage.

Fruit quality is good, with the white varieties showing strong varietal characters and surprisingly good acidity given the hot weather. Our red wines have exceptional deep and dark purple colours, with ripe, generous and concentrated flavours, very much reflective of the vintage. Our fortified wines have performed strongly as well, with our Portuguese varieties for our port styles being particularly good and our Muscat and Topaque wines having great lusciousness and depth of flavour.

Winemakers Comments A blend of 4 parcels, which were each fermented separately in stainless steel tanks, all on fluffy, light solids. One tank of Chardonnay was fermented using indigenous yeasts, while the other tanks of Chardonnay and the tank of Marsanne were fermented using cultured yeasts. Fermentation temperatures varied between 14°and 18° Celsius, with fermentation times varying between 12 and 20 days.

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 in December, fined, stablized and clarified prior to bottling in mid January 2020.

Our 2019 Chardonnay Marsanne is a delicious, un-wooded wine displaying lifted aromas of white peach and citrus fruits.  The palate is fresh and vibrant, with a lovely creamy texture and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Try With Great with all types of food. Try it with sticky sesame chicken drumsticks and a Vietnamese salad.

Cellar Enjoy now through until 2025.

Vegan Friendly Yes

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

Allergens Preservative (220) Added

Technical Details Res. Sugar 3.06 g/L
pH 3.23
TA 5.43g/L
Alcohol 13.9 % v/v