SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Merlot
2004 Merlot

Viticulture

Vineyard:
Soil Type: Post House vineyard: poor gravelly clay soil. Mont Fleur vineyard: soil deep red Hutton.
Vine Age: 16 10 yrs
Irrigation: Lightly irrigated
Harvest Date: 21 / 2 / 04 – 18 /3 / 04
Yield: 6 tons/ha and 7 tons/ha

Vinification:

Handpicking into 20 kg lugboxes. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation @ max. 30 deg. with the cap of skins punched down manually 1-3 times a day for 11 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.
All our red wines undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 35% new French oak was used from high quality coopers. Time in barrel 19 months, which included several rackings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation.
The wine was lightly fined (with 2 fresh egg whites per barrel) and bottled unfiltered by hand on the property.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep true red colour
Nose: Bright red berry and cherry fruit with beguiling subtle earthiness, nuts and spices.
Palate: Youthful focused fruit on the palate with plenty of fine tannins on the mid palate and a classic long, dry finish.
Other: Probably best between 2008 and 2014. Ideal with rich and creamy pasta dishes and various meat dishes.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.47
RS (g/l): 2.0
TA (g/l): 5.2
pH: 3.57
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