de Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon


Soil Type: Deep red Hutton, decomposed granite.
Vine Age: 1st block 11 years old, 2nd block 8 years old and 3rd block 17 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 3rd to 10th March 2005.
Yield: 1st block 4 tons/ha, 2nd and 3rd block 3 tons/ha.


Slightly below average winter rain was followed by above average spring rain. This allowed for good growth up to flowering and was followed by hot and dry conditions during berry enlargement, ensuring smaller berries.
The grapes are 100% destemmed, crushed by hand and placed into 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Natural yeast fermentation takes place at 30ºCelcius with caps of skins punched down 2 to 4 times a day for 12 to 14 days. Wine is then drained directly to barrels with single pressing from traditional basket press taking place. Malolactic fermentation takes place for 23 months in 35% new French oak and 5% new American oak barrels, with several rackings to clarify wine and assist maturation.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Impressive deep red.
Nose: Rich intense nutty fruitcake nose with a mix of black and red wild berries. Some tobacco, smoke, toast and cedar mostly from the oak.
Palate: Intense palate with thick, broad tannins, though still quite fine. Long finish and loads of potential.
Other: Delicious with a thick chunk of free-range beef.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15.28
RS (g/l): 3.1
TA (g/l): 5.9
pH: 3.85
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