Good post 2014 harvest rains and an early cold, wet winter meant a good build-up of reserves and
dormancy. Warm weather in August resulted in early and importantly even bud-break. The warm,
dry windy summer kept growth moderate and sped up ripening by about 2 weeks, as well as
ensuring no health problems. Although fertility was good, bunches and berries were smaller than
usual, contributing to the lower yield. The summer was warm to hot, but there were no real
heatwaves during the critical ripening period, which with lower temperatures at night, ensured
excellent flavour development and good pH and acidity. Despite such an early harvest, 2015 is
emerging as one of the best ever harvests.
Harvest date: 15/02/2015-19/03/2015 @ 22 – 24.6 Balling.
Handpicking into 20 kg lugboxes. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small 2 ton open
top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation @ max. 30°C with the cap of skins
punched down manually 1-3 times a day for 10 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with
single pressing from traditional basket press.
Malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 35% new French oak. Time in barrel 19 months, which
included several rackings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation.
The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand on the property.
Bottling date: 24/8/17
Production: 264 x 12 x 750ml
De Trafford Merlot 2015
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Deep blood red colour. Dark berry, ripe plums and spice nose with a little earthiness, nuts and a
hint of chilli chocolate. Intense and beguiling. These flavours follow through on the palate in a full,
rich and plush mouthfeel. Velvety long texture with plenty of fruit and spice.
Drink now to 2030
Ideal with lamb and other moderately rich red meat dishes, as well as rich baked pasta.
Alc.14,7% SG. 1,8g/l TA 5,7g/l pH 3,50 VA 0,69 SO2 5free 27total