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De Trafford Keerweder Reserve Dry White 1999

Vineyard Blocks

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.

 

Vintage Conditions

Harvest date : 3 / 3 / 99 @ 23° balling.

 

Production

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

 

Tasting Notes

 

 

Analysis

 Alc.14.2                Sug. 2.2              TA 6.3              pH 3.48               VA 0.50               SO2   24/99