De Trafford Blueprint Shiraz 2003
Mostly from the neighbouring Keermont vineyard. A north east. facing block. 5 yr old vines on 5 wire vertical trellis, clone SH9 on 101.14 rootstock. Soil deep red Hutton. Yield 8 ton / hect. The balance from Pru Crawley’s “heap of stones” vineyard a bit further down the Blaauwklip valley. 5 yr old vines on 5 wire vertical trellis, clone SH9 on 101-14 rootstock. Soil a raised alluvial stone terrace. Yield approx. 6 tons/ha. Both vineyards lightly irrigated at veraison.
The growing and harvest season was near perfect.
Harvest date : 3 / 3 / 03 – 10 / 3 / 03 @ 24.2 – 25.6° Balling
Handpicking into 20 kg lugboxes. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation @ max. 31 deg. with the cap of skins punched down manually 2 – 4 times a day for an average of 13 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.
All our red wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in the barrel. This helps to integrate the new oak component and fix colour and flavour compounds. 10% new French oak and 10 % new American oak was used. Time in barrel 19 months with only a single racking. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand.
Bottling date : 21 / 10 / 2004. Production : 580 cases.
Attractive deep red colour. Intense berry, spice, liquorice and wild herb nose. Full palate packed with complex fruit and soft, ripe tannins. Finely textured with a long warm finish.
Probably best between 2005 & 2010. Ideal with a variety of strong flavoured (including lightly spicy) meat dishes.
Alc. 14.8 SG. 1.7 TA 5.1 pH 3.9 VA 0.57 SO2 30 & 80