SOUTH AFRICA

2012 | 2011

de Trafford Syrah `Blueprint`
2011 Shiraz

Viticulture

Vineyard: Most fruits come from Keermont vineyard, it is a north facing block, the rest comes from the Tip Top Monfleur vineyard which is a north west facing site.
Soil Type: Keermont vineyard deep red Hutton, medium potential decomposed granite and Tip Top Montfleur is a steep stony vineyard.
Vine Age: 13 years old vines from the Keermont vineyard and the younger Tio Top Monfleur vineyard.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date:
Yield: 4 and 6 tons/ha.

Vinification:

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
2010 had a late winter with a little below average rainfall, but cold enough in May to ensure even bud-break in spring. The growing season was cool with some regular rainfall, which made up for the drier winter. Flowering was good and although December was very windy (most windy in 42 years), there was no damage and a normal healthy crop of very good quality. The harvest period was very hot and dry, but all the grapes were taken to the cellar in the cool mornings at optimum ripeness.
PRODUCTION
Handpicking into 20 kg lugboxes. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation at max. 33 deg. with the cap of skins punched down manually 2 – 3 times a day for an average of 16 days. Wine drained directly into the barrels together with single pressing from basket press.
All de Trafford red wines undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel. Time in barrel 22 months with no new wood and only two rackings. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand.
Production: 539 x 12 x 750ml

Select the video link below to watch David Trafford talking about the 2011 Blueprint Shiraz:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-eaCOE0z7I

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep, dark red colour.
Nose: Intense dark berry and a little cherry fruit, black & white pepper.
Palate: Full, rich palate packed with intense ripe fruit and a spicy, peppery overlay. One of the best Blueprints ever made.
Other: Expected best between 2014 and 2020. Ideal with a rack of ribs with a little spice or slow roasted pork belly.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15.72
RS (g/l): 2.3
TA (g/l): 5
pH: 3.68