2011 Pfeiffer "Three Chimneys" Chardonnay-Marsanne Rutherglen (Previously $18)

SKU #1116434 James Halliday

 *Special Value* A blend of 68% chardonnay and 32% marsanne from Rutherglen and Heathcote, largely hand-picked and thus sorted in the vineyard to avoid botrytis and mould. The parcels were separately fermented in stainless-steel tanks and kept on lees with stirring (battonage) for 6-8 weeks. There is plenty of stone fruit and pear flavour, the mouthfeel quite creamy. A good result for such a tough year, and it will be ready to roll over the next 12 months.  (6/ 2011)

K&L Notes

This wine is sold under the Pfeiffer Carlyle moniker in Australia, but is called the Three Chimneys here in the U.S. An unoaked style full of crisp stone fruit, citrus and melon aromas and flavors, this also has a creamy mid-palate from extended lees contact.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mācon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Victoria

Specific Appellation:

Rutherglen