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de Trafford Shiraz
2007 Shiraz

Viticulture

Vineyard: About 2/3 of the production comes from the older Mont Fleur Vineyard that is high in altitude, north west facing on the slope of the Helderberg mountain, about ⅓ from our new “Tip Top Mont Fleur” vineyard planted immediately above the existing Shira
Soil Type: Mont Fleur is a steeply sloping site with rocky, granitic based Hutton soil. The higher vineyard is similar but stonier.
Vine Age: Mont Fleur 12 year old and 7.
Irrigation: Lightly irrigated
Harvest Date: From February 16th to March 1st.
Yield: 5.5 and 3 t/ha.

Vinification:

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
Typical cold, wet winter followed by a normal growing season with enough rain and warm weather to produce good, balanced growth. The Shiraz seemed to relish the knife-edge harvest conditions with small heat waves alternating with short, wet, cold spells. It seemed to bring out a spiciness and elegance unique to the vintage.
Harvested at 24.4 - 25° Balling.
VINIFICATION
Handpicking into 20 kg crates. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation at maximum 30°Centigrade with the cap of skins punched down manually 1 - 4 times a day for 13 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.
All de Trafford red wines undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 50% new French oak was used.
20 months in barrels with only 2 gentle rackings.
This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand.
Bottling date : 12-16-08
Production : 354 x 12 x 750ml
58 x 1.5L

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep bright red colour.
Nose: Intense, but elegant wild and red berry fruit with complex spice and white pepper nuances – all very persistent.
Palate: Lovely purity of fruit on the palate, despite the range of interesting secondary flavors – incl. spice, pepper and subtle oak. Fine, dry and persistent finish.
Other: Probably best between 2010 & 2020. A pity to spoil this wine with food! Perhaps best with plainer food like roast chicken, potatoes or butternut to highlight the wines underlying subtleties?

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15.16
RS (g/l): 1.6
TA (g/l): 4.7
pH: 3.65