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de Trafford Shiraz
2006 Shiraz


Vineyard: Northwest facing.
Soil Type: Hutton.
Vine Age: 11 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 9 March 2006.
Yield: 3.5 t/ha.


Vintage Conditions:
Slightly above average winter rain was followed by a hot and dry spring and trouble-free growing season. A little rain delayed harvest slightly, but refreshed the struggling vines. The small berries and moderate ripening period produced concentrated grapes with lots of flavor and sugar.

The grapes are handpicked and paced into 20 kg crates. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation takes place at 31°C with the cap of skins punched down manually 1 - 4 times a day for 16 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in 50% new French oak barrels for 22 months. The wine was racked twice and bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand on January 31, 2008.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Very deep red colour.
Nose: Nose shows intense blackberry fruit with a dusty minerality, hints of cocoa, pepper, licorice and toast.
Palate: Intense, concentrated, refined palate with complex fruit and a long, fine finish.
Other: Probably best between 2009 and 2020.
Ideal with strong flavored red meat, especially venison and ostrich.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15.37
RS (g/l): 2.4
TA (g/l): 5.6
pH: 3.57