SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Chenin Blanc
2002 Chenin Blanc

Viticulture

Vineyard: Cool high altitude South Western slope, lower slope with sea cooling influence.
Soil Type: Deep red Hutton soil, lower slope with cooling sea influence, gravelly Hutton soil.
Vine Age: 1 block 30 years, 2 blocks 16 and 18 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 8 February to 11 March 2002.
Yield: 4 and 5.

Vinification:

The growing season was particularly difficult, with early season downy mildew problems. The cool, wet weather leading up to the harvest favored the development of botrytis, which adds to the wines richness and complexity. The grapes were picked in the cool mornings @ 22 - 24 degrees balling.
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.
25% new oak used - mostly American. The cool conditions during the growing season produced grapes with high natural acidity. 1/3 of the barrels were encouraged to go through malolactic fermentation to reduce this a little.
Bottled unfiltered on the property by hand with only a light bentonite fining.

Tasting Notes:

Color: An appealing light yellow color - slightly darker than usual due to botrytis influence..
Nose: The nose shows subtle nutty, vanilla oak with apricot/citrus fruit core and an intiguing mineral, hay and honey character.
Palate: The palate is rich and full bodied with a mouthwatering thread of acidity that carries the complex fruit and oak flavors to a long aftertaste. Probably best between 2003 and 2007.
Other: Excellent with sushi, rich fish and seafood dishes, most white meats or on its own.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.96
RS (g/l): 1.7
TA (g/l): 7.2
pH: 3.17
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