SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Cabernet Sauvignon

Viticulture

Vineyard: Low lying Helderberg Mountain and high altitude mountain slope.
Soil Type: Gravelly red Hutton and deep red Hutton.
Vine Age: 13 and 7 year old vines.
Irrigation: Sprayer
Harvest Date: 16 February - 20 March 2001.
Yield: 5 and 8 t/ha

Vinification:

100% destemming and crushing by hand directly into 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation @ 31ºC with the cap of skins punched down 2 - 5 times a day for 10 to 14 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press. All wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 35% new French oak and 5% new American oak was used from high quality coopers. Time in barrels 22 months, which included several rakings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation. 7% merlot and 2% cabernet franc included. This wine was bottled unfiltered by hand on the property.
Bottling date: 8 January 2003
Production: 890 cases.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep, dark, brooding red color.
Nose: Concentrated blackberry / cassis and cedar nose. Evolves in the glass to show complexity and warmth.
Palate: Intense fruit flavors and rich, silky textured palate which follows through to an elegant long, dry finish.
Other: Probably best between 2006 - 2013.
Enjoy with rich meat dishes.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.7
RS (g/l): 1.8
TA (g/l): 5.4
pH: 3.67
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