SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Merlot
2000 Merlot

Viticulture

Vineyard: 1 block low lying and 1 block high altitude
Soil Type: 1 block poor gravelly soil, 1 block deep red Hutton
Vine Age: 1 block 12 years old and 1 block 6 year old wines
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 14 February to 8 March 2000
Yield: 1 block 7 and 1 block 8 t/ha

Vinification:

A dry, hot summer. The ripening period was hot and dry. The harvest was early with ripe, healthy grapes producing big wines with high alcohols.

Handpicking into 20 kg lugboxes. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation @ max. 33 deg. with the cap of skins punched down manually 2 - 4 times a day for 10 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.

All our red wine undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 35% new French oak and 5% new American oak was used from high quality coopers. Time in barrel 19 months, which included several rackings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation.

This wine was lightly fined with fresh egg whites before bottling unfiltered by hand on the property. Bottling date :
2 October 2001. Production : 730 cases.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Dark red colour
Nose: Intense dark cherry and plum nose with a little chocolate, nuts and spices.
Palate: A big, intensely flavoured merlot with a rich, mouthfilling palate.
Other: Probably best between 2002 & 2009. Ideal with strong flavoured grilled red meat.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.57
RS (g/l): 1.5
TA (g/l): 5.2
pH: 3.42
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