SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Blueprint Shiraz
2004 Shiraz

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Handpicking into 20 kg lugboxes. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation @ max. 31 deg. with the cap of skins punched down manually 2 - 4 times a day for an average of 12 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.
All our red wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in the barrel. This helps to integrate the new oak component and fix colour and flavour compounds. 15% new French oak and 10 % new American oak was used.
Time in barrel 19 months with only a single racking.
This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive deep red colour
Nose: Closed, but intense plum, spice, cherry and subtle herb nose. Full palate packed with complex fruit and soft, ripe tannins. Finely textured with a long dry finish. Probably best between 2007 & 2014. Ideal with a variety of strong flavoured (including li
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