SOUTH AFRICA

2000 | 1999 | 1998

de Trafford Vin de Paille
1999 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: Cool high altitude South Western slope and lower slopes of the Helderberg.
Soil Type: Deep red Hutton soil with good moisture retention and gravelly Hutton.
Vine Age: 27, 13 and 15 years old.
Irrigation: Sprayer
Harvest Date: 7 to 29 February 1999.
Yield: 5 to 10 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 : 18 April 2000

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive deep yellow color.
Nose: Intense honey, apricot, nuts and citrus nose.
Palate: The palate is sweet and concentrated with just enough acidity and oak tannins to compliment and deliver a 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. Compliments slightly tart fruit desserts and good pate's beautifully.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.58
RS (g/l): 175.0
TA (g/l): 6.8
pH: 3.98