de Trafford Upper Hemel-en-Aarde
2013 Pinot Noir


Vineyard: Upper Hemel-en-Aarde
Soil Type: Carbon rich decomposed granite over red clay subsoil.
Vine Age: 4 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: 28 of February 2013.
Yield: 5 tons/ha.


In the spring prior to the 2013 harvest, de Trafford was subject to devastating winds that reduced most of the crop in the Stellenbosch area and 50% or more of the crop was destroyed. David Trafford decided to supplement the loss with crop from other areas and make a few interesting “one off wines” such as this Pinot Noir from the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, near Hermanus and Walker Bay. The area is well known for producing some of the best Pinot Noirs in South Africa.
Typical cold, wet winter followed by a normal growing season with enough rain and warm weather to produce healthy growth. The small berries and moderate ripening period produced concentrated grapes with a lot of flavor and richness.
Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation started after six days cold soak. Fermented up to 30ºCentigrade. The cap of skins was punched down manually once to twice a day for seventeen days. Wine drained directly into 225 liters second fill French oak barrel together with a single pressing from traditional basket press. All de Trafford red wines undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel.
Aged for seven months in barrels with only a single racking.
141 cases made only.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep ruby.
Nose: Intense complex red berries, spices and smoky forest floor.
Palate: Typically silky texture and complexity on the palate which should still develop considerably. Drinking very well now, but will improve with some aging.
Other: This Pinot Noir will pair well with roasted chicken or with duck and other game birds, casseroles or, stews like beef Bourguignon and coq au vin.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15.19
RS (g/l): 1.3
TA (g/l): 5.7
pH: 3.89