SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Shiraz
2002 Shiraz

Viticulture

Vineyard:
Soil Type: Steeply sloping site with rocky, granitic based Hutton soil. A small quantity of grapes from the neighboring Keermont vineyard included deep red Hutton.
Vine Age: Mostly from one block 7 yr old vines and 4 years old vines from other Keermont vineyard.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: From the 27th of February to the 9th of March 2002.
Yield: 5000 vines per hectare5,5 tons per hectare and 1 ton per hetare.

Vinification:

The growing season was particularly difficult, with early season mildew problems, though our Shiraz vineyard escaped with the least damage. 150 mm rain fell mid-January which at first seemed disastrous, but probably due to the steep slope and high run-off, didn’t seem to adversely affect the ripening process.
Handpicking into 20 kg lugboxes. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small two ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation at maximum 32 degrees Centigrade with the cap of the skins punched down manually two to four times a day for eleven days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.
All our red wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in the barrel. This helps to integrate the new oak component and fix color and flavor compounds.
35% new French oak and 15% new American oak was used.
Time in barrel 21 months with only a single racking.
This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand.
Production: 200 cases.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Incredibly dark red color.
Nose: Intense blueberry and spicy white pepper nose.
Palate: Big mouth filling palate with lots of fruit and rich, ripe tannins. Long warm finish.
Other: Probably best between 2005 & 2010. Ideal with strong flavored red meat, especially local venison.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15.5
RS (g/l): 1.7
TA (g/l): 4.9
pH: 3.8
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