SOUTH AFRICA

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de Trafford Vin de Paille
1998 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: 1 block South West facing on cool high altitude, block 2 on lower Helderberg slopes.
Soil Type:
Vine Age: 25 and 11 year old
Irrigation: Sprayer
Harvest Date:
Yield: 8 and 6 t/ha

Vinification:

The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness ( approx. 25 deg. balling ) and laid out on drying racks in 80% shade for 3 weeks. This allows the grapes to concentrate sugars, acids and flavors, before reharvesting in the cool mornings.
Matured for one year using 3 French and 2 American new 225 L oak barrels.
Racked while in barrel to remove heavy sediment and lightly bentonite fined before bottling unfiltered.
Bottling date : 8 June 1999.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive deep yellow color.
Nose: Intense honey, apricot, nuts and citrus nose.
Palate: The palate is incredibly concentrated with a welcome dryness from the acidity and oak tannins. Long, lingering finish.
Other: This wine is a dessert all on its own - a real treat after the meal. Delicious with biscotti and various nuts. Try with carrot cake on a wintery afternoon. Compliments foie-gras and good pates beautifully.
In parts of France it is traditionally the first drink to have after giving birth !

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 11.69
RS (g/l): 221.5
TA (g/l): 8.2
pH: 3.79