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Chardonnay/Marsanne, 2011. Pfeiffer

Chardonnay/Marsanne, 2011. Pfeiffer

Item #: L0614W4IU
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Chardonnay/Marsanne
Vineyard/Appellation: Rutherglen, Australia
Color: Pale gold
Nose: Fresh pear and vanilla
Palate: Rich white peach with a hint of spice
Finish: Apple and vanilla pudding
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2015/13% Alcohol

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Jen Pfeiffer's life is seriously wine. Jen Pfeiffer was only 4 years old when her parents bought the historic "Old Distillery" property in Rutherglen in 1984. Jen thrived in the Pfeiffer winery environment, enjoying the freedom of exploring the vineyard on her bike, and knowing all the best places to hide in the winery during games of hide and seek with her cousins. Growing up in a winemaking family, Jen was exposed to wine culture from a very early age, and thus began the process of absorption - soaking up plenty of knowledge about the Australian and international wine industries, and being exposed to some great wines from all around the world.

Thus, it would seem it was fate that Jen return to the family business, but not before a brief stint at Melbourne University studying Science/Law. In fact, it was in 2000 that Jen decided to come home to "do the vintage and earn a bit of cash, then head off overseas". Jen was given the responsibility of making the 2000 Pfeiffer Shiraz, and discovered she had an affinity with winemaking, and that she really enjoyed the work. She was rewarded with a gold medal for that first wine, and the rest is history, as they say. Today, Jen loves her winemaking role as much as ever, appealing to both her scientific and creative mind. Jen has a meticulous approach to her winemaking, believing it is the small details that can turn a good wine into a great wine.

Chris and Robyn Pfeiffer purchased their century old distillery, one of Australia's original brandy distilleries, in 1984 and immediately embraced the region's historic past by embarking on a life long journey of growing, producing, blending and nurturing some of the world's truly great dessert wines. The winery is located in the historic wine region of Rutherglen, Victoria, and is perched high on an embankment of a sweeping bend in Sunday Creek, a tributary of the Murray River.

One of the distinguishing features of the winery is the renovated century-old historic wooden bridge, today a favorite spot for visitors to spot a platypus or turtle and to enjoy a picnic or cheese platter, which is what we would suggest as well with this wine.

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