SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Merlot
2005 Merlot

Viticulture

Vineyard:
Soil Type: 1st block gravelly clay soil, 2nd block deep red Hutton and 3rd block deep gravelly Hutton.
Vine Age: 1st block 17 years old, 2nd block 11 years old and 3rd block 15 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 9 February to 4 March 2005.
Yield:

Vinification:

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
A slightly below average winter rain was followed by an 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. Substantial rain in January delayed the harvest a little, producing a soft, well balanced Merlot without quite the concentration of the later varieties.
PRODUCTION
Grapes are hand pcikd and placed into 20kg lugboxes. Destemming and gentle crushing and placed directly into small 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Natural yeast fermentation takes place at 31°celcius, with the cap of skins punched down manually 1 to 3 times a day for 10 to 13 days. Wine is drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from a traditional basket press. Malolactic fermentation takes place for 20 months in 35% new French oak barrels. Several rackings took place to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive deep red.
Nose: Rich red berry and cherry fruit with beguiling savory earthiness, nuts and spices.
Palate: Plenty of fine tannins and a classic long, dry finish.
Other: Ideal with rich pasta and various meat dishes.
Probably best between 2008 and 2015.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.83
RS (g/l): 2.1
TA (g/l): 5.7
pH: 3.52
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