SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Shiraz
2003 Shiraz

Viticulture

Vineyard: NW and NE facing high altitude slopes.
Soil Type: Rocky, granitic based Hutton; deep red Hutton.
Vine Age: 8 and 5 yrs.
Irrigation: Lightly irrigated
Harvest Date: 1 / 3 / 03 – 5 / 3 / 03.
Yield: 6.5 - 8 t/ha

Vinification:

The growing and ripening period was near perfect, producing wines with intense, complex fruit, fine tannins and excellent overall structure.
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 2 - 4 times a day for 15 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 and 10 % new American oak was used.
Time in barrel 22 months with only 2 gentle rakings.
This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Dark red color.
Nose: Nose shows intense black fruits with hints of cocoa, minerals, white pepper, fennel and tar.
Palate: Big, rich mouth filling palate with complex fruit and fine, ripe tannins. Long, quite elegant finish.
Other: Probably best between 2006 & 2012. Ideal with strong flavored red meat, especially local venison.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.83
RS (g/l): 1.5
TA (g/l): 5.9
pH: 3.57
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