de Trafford `Elevation 393`
2003 Blend


Soil Type: Soil deep red decomposed granite - Hutton type.
Vine Age: Cabernet Sauvignon, cabernet Franc and Merlot are 9 yr old vines-Shiraz 8 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: From February 26 up to March 7.


This blended wine best reflects our magnificent vineyard site of Montfleur, high up on the eastern slopes of the Helderberg mountain. The vines are close planted ( 5000 to 7500 vines / hect.) The best barrels were selected for this reserve wine:

- Cabernet Sauvignon 42%
- Merlot 33%
- Shiraz 17%
- Cabernet Franc 8%

An ideal dry, moderately hot summer. The harvest commenced in perfect conditions with ripe, healthy grapes producing big, but well-balanced wines.

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 to 11 days, with cap of skins punched down (pigeage) 1 to 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 colour and flavour compounds. Mostly new French oak used. Time in barrel 21 months, which included several rackings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation.
This wine was bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered, on the property. Bottling date : 12 / 1 / 05.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Impressive deep red and purple colour.
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. Long finish.
Other: Probably best between 2006 and 2015. Ideal with rich, roasted or grilled red meat dishes.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.83
RS (g/l): 1.7
TA (g/l): 5.7
pH: 3.68
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