2021 Pfeiffer Chardonnay Marsanne


A fresh, unwooded style, blending two classics – Chardonnay and Marsanne.






A screw cap has been used on our 2021 Pfeiffer Chardonnay Marsanne to maximise its flavour and freshness, and to eliminate the chances of cork taint.


Enjoy now through until 2026.

Vegan Friendly

Vegan NO | Vegetarian YES.


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


Contains Sulphites and Milk

Technical Details

Res. Sugar 1.29 g/L
pH 3.16
TA 6.26g/L
Alcohol 13.2 % v/v

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Fruit Sourcing

Victoria (Rutherglen, King Valley, Nagambie Lakes)

Harvest Date

February and March 2021


Chardonnay 86%
Marsanne 14%

The growing season got off to a great start, with higher than average rainfall volumes falling in both Winter and Spring, giving us an total annual rainfall of 657mm for the year.

Regular rain events occurred through September to November, with December recording lower than average rainfall. These excellent conditions saw strong canopy growth and average to above average yields developing.

The beginning of summer was dry, yet mild, with only 3 days of temperatures exceeding 40˚C, just prior to Australia Day. This was followed by a significant rain event of around 50mm, which increased the disease pressure on some varieties that were approaching their harvest date.

February and March were also dotted with rain events, with 50mm and 60mm falling respectively, again leaving certain varieties close to harvest susceptible to fruit breakdown. The timing of picking was critical to the overall wine quality.

Overall, the season was around 2 weeks later than usual, with the vintage starting on 17th February with Alpine Valleys Pinot Grigio. The majority of the fruit was harvested in the second half of March, and into April, with rain events around Easter seeing our intake accelerate throughout the month of April, with the last fruit harvested on 30th April.

Quality is good, with white varieties showing lovely aromatics, and plenty of natural acidity, ensuring good longevity in the bottle. The red varieties show a diversity of style, with Shiraz performing well again across multiple sites, and our old vine Pinot Noir and Gamay looking particularly strong.

Our fortified varieties were unfortunately very low yielding and variable in quality. Our Portuguese varieties were affected by late rain, so we made the decision not to pursue a Vintage Fortified from 2021, but we have some real highlights in our Muscat and Muscadelle (for Topaque) from our Carlyle vineyard, which appear destined for our Grand and Rare soleras.

I am sure we will discover more vinous treasures in the cellar as time rolls on.

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 in the middle of November, and allowed to gently settle in tank. It was then racked off yeast lees in early December, fined, stablised and clarified prior to bottling later in December 2021.

Our 2021 Chardonnay Marsanne is a delicious, unwooded wine displaying lifted aromas of peach and melon, with hints of citrus. The palate is refreshing and delicious, with generous fruit characters persisting to a clean, crisp finish.

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

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