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de Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon


Vineyard: Mont Fleur vineyard, high altitude mountain slope. Neighbouring east & north facing Keermont vineyard. A plot low lying Helderberg mountain site.
Soil Type: Deep red Hutton decomposed granite
Vine Age: 5 to 20 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 7 to 27 March.
Yield: 2 to 4.5 T/Ha.


Typical cold, wet winter followed by a normal growing season with enough rain and warm weather to produce good, balanced growth. As in 2007 the Shiraz seemed to relish the knife-edge harvest conditions with small heat waves alternating with short, wet, cold spells. Though overall a little wetter over the harvest period. It seemed to bring out a spiciness and elegance similar to 2007, just a little softer and less intense.
100% destemming and crushing by hand directly into 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation at 31ºCentigrade with the cap of skins punched down 2 to 4 times a day for 15 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.
All de Trafford wine undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 40% new French oak was used from high quality coopers. 23 months barrel aging with several rackings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation. This wine was bottled unfiltered by hand on the property.
5% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot added.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Medium deep, dark red colour.
Nose: Red & blue berry nose with attractive cedary, spicy oak and fruit aromas.
Palate: Softly tannic palate hiding a lot of fine fruit that opens up in the glass.
Other: Softer, more elegant and finer than most vintages, a little less intensity and long term age-ability.
Drink 2012 to 2020. Delicious with most meat dishes, especially roast lamb.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15
RS (g/l): 1.7
TA (g/l): 5.6
pH: 3.92