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de Trafford Shiraz
2008 Shiraz


Vineyard: “Mont Fleur” vineyard – high altitude Helderberg mountain NW facing slope. The new “Tip Top Mont Fleur” vineyard is planted immediately above the existing Shiraz vineyard in 2003.
Soil Type: Mont Fleur; steeply sloping site with rocky, granitic based Hutton soil. Tip Top Vineyard is steeper and stonier.
Vine Age: Mont Fleur 13 years old and Tip Top 5 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 1st to 10th of March
Yield: Mont Fleur 4.5 tons / ha, Tip Top 5 t/ha.


Typical cold, wet winter followed by a normal growing season with enough rain and warm weather to produce good, balanced growth. As in 2007 the Shiraz seemed to relish the knife-edge harvest conditions with small heat waves alternating with short, wet, cold spells. Though overall a little wetter over the harvest period. It seemed to bring out a spiciness and elegance similar to 2007, just a little softer and less intense.
Handpicking into 20 kg crates. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation at max. 31°C with the cap of skins punched down manually 1 to 4 times a day for 14 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.
de Trafford red wines undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 50% new fine grained, slow toasted French oak was used. 20 months in barrel with only 2 gentle rackings. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand.
Bottling date 11Dec 2009. Production : 286 x 12 x 750ml

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep dark red color.
Nose: Big, rich spicy blue & blackberry nose.
Palate: Great intensity and complexity. Rich ripe fruit and spicy palate. Big soft tannins. Slightly sweet fruit comes out as the wine opens up.
Other: Drink now to 2018. Best with dry aged sirloin or rump.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15.98
RS (g/l): 2.8
TA (g/l): 5.1
pH: 3.74