SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford `Elevation 393`
2001 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: Eastern slopes of the Helderberg mountain.
Soil Type: Deep red decomposed granite - Hutton type.
Vine Age: 7 year old vines.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 14/2/2001 - 2/3/2001.
Yield:

Vinification:

Handpicking into 20 kg lugboxes. 100% destemming and gentle crushing directly into open top fermenters. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation @ max. temp. 31°C - 33°C. Time on skins 9 - 11 days, with cap of skins punched down (pigeage) 1 – 4 times a day. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.
All our red wines undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel. This helps to integrate the new oak and fix color and flavor compounds. Mostly new French oak used. Time in barrel 21 months, which included several rakings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation.
This wine was bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered, on the property. Bottling date: 28 / 1 / 03.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Impressive deep red / purple color.
Nose: Lush blackberry and spicy fruitcake aromas.
Palate: Dense tannins and intense fruit provide a rich, supple, almost thick texture. Needs time to show hidden complexity.
Other: Probably best between 2006 and 2015. Ideal with rich, roasted or grilled red meat dishes.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15.69
RS (g/l): 2.1
TA (g/l): 5.7
pH: 0.64
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