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de Trafford `Elevation 393`
2006 Blend


Vineyard: High up on the eastern slopes of the Helderberg mountain., 393 refers to the altitude of de Trafford house that is located in the middle of this vineyard.
Soil Type: Deep red decomposed granite - Hutton type.
Vine Age: Cab & Merlot 12 years old, Shiraz 11 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: Cab 03.11, Merlot 03.06 and Shiraz 03.06 2006.
Yield: Cab 4.5 t/ha, Merlot 7 t/ha and Shiraz 3.5 t/ha.


This is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 13% Shiraz. The Blend is to best reflects the magnificent de Trafford vineyard site high up on the eastern slopes of the Helderberg mountain. The vines are close planted ( 5000 to 7500 vines / ha.) The best barrels were selected for this reserve wine.
Slightly above average winter rain was followed by a hot dry spring and a trouble-free growing season. A little rain delayed harvest slightly, but refreshed the struggling vines. The small berries and moderate ripening period produced concentrated grapes with lots of flavor and sugar.
Handpicking into 20 kg lugboxes. 100% destemming and gentle crushing directly into open top fermenters. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation at max. temp. 29°C - 31°Centigrade. Time on skins 12 - 15 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 de Trafford 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 22 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.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive deep red color.
Nose: Elegant lifted aromas of dry fruitcake, cinnamon and smoky blackberry.
Palate: Lovely plumminess and well integrated oak. Very attractive firm, dry tannin structure running through the wine from beginning to end. Long fine finish with elegant fruit carrying to the finish.
Other: Best 2010 to 2020. Ideal with a variety of fine rich, roasted or grilled red meat dishes. Very elegant.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15.07
RS (g/l): 2.2
TA (g/l): 5.2
pH: 3.64