De Trafford Keerweder Reserve Dry White 1999
1 block 15 year old Sauvignon Blanc vines on a 3 wire vertical trellis. Vineyard situated near top of the Blaauwklip valley on the NE slopes of the Helderberg mountain. Deep red Hutton soil with good moisture retention. Unirrigated. Yield 6 tons / hect.
Harvest date : 3 / 3 / 99 @ 23° balling.
Lightly crushed followed by 3 hours skin contact before gently pressing in traditional basket press. Sulphur added and natural settling allowed for 2 days before 100% barrel fermentation on natural yeasts.
All the wine kept in 2nd fill French oak casks for 7 months with lees stirred 1 - 2 times a month. No malolactic fermentation.
Bottled on the property by hand with only a light bentonite fining and no filtration or cold stabilization.
Bottling date : 18 / 9 /98
Alc.14.2 Sug. 2.2 TA 6.3 pH 3.48 VA 0.50 SO2 24/99