SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Pinot Noir
2001 Pinot Noir

Viticulture

Vineyard: Mountain side.
Soil Type: Red Hutton.
Vine Age: 18 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 9 to 17 February 2001.
Yield: 5.5 and 3-4.

Vinification:

Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation started after 3 days cold soak. Fermented up to max. 31ºC. The cap of skins was punched down manually 2 - 4 times a day for 13 days. Wine drained directly into 5 x 225L barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press. 1 New French oak, other 4 second fill.
All our red wines undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel.
Time in barrel 14 months with only a single racking.
Production: 109 cases.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive medium deep ruby color.
Nose: Complex spicy dark cherry and appealingly earthy aroma.
Palate: Tight, closed, finely textured palate will unfold great complexity hinted at in the nose. Probably best between 2004 and 2010.
Other: Good Pinot always accompanies a wide variety of meals from rich seafood to pan fried beef fillet.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.7
RS (g/l): 2.1
TA (g/l): 5.1
pH: 3.41