SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon
1997 Cabernet Sauvignon

Viticulture

Vineyard: Low lying Helderberg Mountain.
Soil Type: Gravelly red Hutton.
Vine Age: 9 year old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 1 - 4 April 1997.
Yield: 4 tons/ha

Vinification:

A very difficult vintage with a lot of rain during the initial growing period. The ripening period, however, was ideal with record low temperatures and almost no rain.

100% destemming and crushing by hand directly into 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation @ 30 degrees Celsius with the cap of skins punched down 2 - 4 times a day for 11 days. Aim was to extract max. Color, flavor and tannins without undue harshness. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press. 14% Merlot included.

All wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in the barrel. This helps integrate the new oak component and fix color and flavor compounds. 35% new french oak and 5% new american oak was used from the high quality " taransaud" and "demptos" cooperages. Time in barrel 19 months, which included several rakings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation development.

This wine was lightly fined with egg whites (2 - 3 eggs per barrel), before bottling unfiltered by hand on the property.
Bottling date: 4 December 1998.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Dense, deep red color.
Nose: Intense blackcurrant fruit and spicy christmas pudding aromas.
Palate: Persistent, richly - textured palate with layers of berry fruit and spicy oak. Fine, firm structure and long finish.
Other: Probably best between 2000 and 2007. Enjoy with rich, but finely flavored dishes such as roasted or pan fried red and white meats.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.87
RS (g/l): 1.8
TA (g/l): 5.7
pH: 3.69
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