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De Trafford KeermontCabernet Sauvignon 2001

Vineyard Blocks

1 block 4 year old vines on 5 wire vertical trellis.

Clone 20C on 101-14 rootstock.

Elevated east facing slope. Soil deep red Hutton. Yield 4 tons / hect.

Lightly irrigated after varaison to avoid excessive stress during the critical ripening period.

14% merlot included.


Vintage Conditions

An ideal dry, moderately hot summer with few excessively hot days.  The harvest commenced in perfect conditions with ripe, healthy grapes producing big, but balanced wines.

Harvest date: 16 / 2 / 01 @ 26.1° balling.



100% destemming and crushing by hand directly into 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation @ 32ºC with the cap of skins punched down 2 – 6 times a day for 14 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press. All our red wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 25% new French oak and 10% new American oak was used from high quality coopers. Time in barrels 22 months, which included several rackings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation development. This wine was bottled unfiltered by hand on the property.

Bottling date : 9 January 2003

Production : 150 cases.

Tasting Notes

Deep, dark, brooding red colour.

Smoky, spicy deep red fruits, vanilla and plum chocolate nose.

Big, rich concentrated fruit palate with full tannic mouthfeel and long, dry finish.

Probably best between 2005 – 2010.

Enjoy with rich meat dishes.


Alc.  15.39             SG.1.9              TA  5.1             pH  3.63              VA  0.67              SO2  26 & 58

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