De Trafford Stellenbosch Merlot 2009

Product code: 13DET2B2009

Aromas and flavours of pure dark red berry and cherry fruit, with intriguing notes of nuts and spices, with a touch of forest floor. Lovely fine, dry tannins and a soft, long finish.

  • Country:South Africa
  • Region:Stellenbosch
  • Vintage:2009
  • ABV:14.5%
  • Colour:Red
  • Product Type:Still
  • Bottle Size:75 cl
  • Grape Variety:Merlot

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Taste Scale: 10

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Production information

Producer: De Trafford

David Trafford is one of South Africa’s most individual winemakers. David is completely self-taught, save for a few months working a vintage in St Emilion. By trade he is an architect but in 1983 he decided to plant a small vineyard for fun. In 1991 David turned his part-time hobby into a full-time career. Twenty years on, he is one of South Africa’s most decorated winemakers.

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Production note

The grapes are handpicked, de-stemmed, and gently crushed. The temperature during alcoholic fermentation does not exceed 30°C, with the cap of skins punched down manually 1-3 times a day for 10-14 days. The wine is then drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrels (35% new French oak) and ages for 18 months before bottling.

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