SOUTH AFRICA

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de Trafford Pinot Noir
2003 Pinot Noir

Viticulture

Vineyard:
Soil Type: Red Hutton.
Vine Age:
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 5/2/2003 and 19/2/2003.
Yield: 3 and 5.5 tons/ha.

Vinification:

Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation started after 3 days cold soak. Fermented up to max. 30ºC. The cap of skins was punched down manually 1 - 4 times a day for 14 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 16 months with only a single racking.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive ruby colour.
Nose: Complex spicy dark cherry and appealingly earthy aroma.
Palate: Tight, finely textured palate will unfold great complexity.
Other: Probably best between 2006 and 2014. Should accompany a wide variety of meals from rich seafood to pan fried beef fillet.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.3
RS (g/l): 1.5
TA (g/l): 4.8
pH: 3.62