SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Chenin Blanc
2000 Chenin Blanc

Viticulture

Vineyard: High altitude South Western slope and lower slope with sea cooling influence.
Soil Type: Deep red Hutton and Gravelly Hutton.
Vine Age: 28 and 14-16 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 7-29 February 2000.
Yield: 7 and 5-10 t/ha

Vinification:

Grapes lightly crushed and allowed 3 hours skin contact before gently pressing in a traditional basket press. Sulphur and dry ice added and natural settling allowed for 2 days before 100 % barrel fermentation with natural yeasts.
All the wine kept in 225 l casks for 8 months with lees stirred 1 - 2 times a month initially.
30 % new oak used - mostly American from Demptos, Napa. Partial malolactic fermentation.
Bottled unfiltered on the property by hand with only a light bentonite fining.
Bottling date : 31 / 10 / 00.

Tasting Notes:

Color: An appealing light yellow colour.
Nose: The nose shows attractive spicy, vanilla oak with apricot/citrus fruit core and an intiguing mineral, hay character.
Palate: The palate is very full bodied with a mouthwatering thread of acidity that carries the complex fruit and oak flavors to a long aftertaste.
Other: Excellent with rich fish and seafood dishes, subtle red and white meats or on its own.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.75
RS (g/l): 1.5
TA (g/l): 5.8
pH: 3.40
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