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De Trafford Keermont Shiraz 2001

Vineyard Blocks

Mostly from one block 3 yr old vines on 5 wire vertical trellis with moveable foliage wires. Clone SH9C on 101 - 14 rootstock. 3000 vines / hect.  Lightly irrigated after veraison and shortly before harvest to avoid excessive stress during the critical ripening stage. Yield 2 tons / hect.


Vintage Conditions

A dry, warm to hot summer. The ripening period was warm and dry.  The harvest was early with ripe, healthy grapes producing big wines with high alcohols and excellent structure with good acidity and fine tannins.

Harvest date : 19 / 2 / 01 @ 26° 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 13 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.

All our red wine undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel. This helps to integrate the new oak component and fix colour and flavour compounds. 20% new French oak and 15 % 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 : 18 / 10 / 2002.

Production : 135 cases.


Tasting Notes

Deep, dark red colour. Intense spicy blackberry nose. Big, rich mouthfilling palate with lots of fruit and juicy, ripe tannins.  Long warm finish.  Probably best between 2004 & 2009. Ideal with strong flavoured red meat, especially local venison.



Alc.  15.32              SG.  1.8             TA  5.8             pH  3.35             VA  0.56             SO2  32 & 54

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