SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Chenin Blanc
2001 Chenin Blanc

Viticulture

Vineyard: Cool high altitude South Western slope, lower slope with sea cooling influence.
Soil Type: Deep red Hutton soil and Gravelly Hutton soil.
Vine Age: 1 block 29 year old vines, 2 blocks 15 & 17 year old vines
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 8 February to 6 March 2001.
Yield: 4 and 9 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 : 30 / 10 / 01.

Tasting Notes:

Color: An appealing light yellow colour.
Nose: The nose shows subtle 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 (%): 14
RS (g/l): 1.5
TA (g/l): 5.8
pH: 3.15
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