SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Chenin Blanc
2003 Chenin Blanc

Viticulture

Vineyard: Cool, high altitude South West slope, lower slope with sea cooling influence.
Soil Type: Deep red Hutton, gravelly Hutton and Escourt.
Vine Age: 17, 19 and 31 years.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 4 February - 19 March 2003.
Yield: 5 and 9 t/ha

Vinification:

The cool wet winter got the growing season off to an excellent start with even budding and the rest of the season was relatively trouble-free. The cool, dry weather leading up to the harvest meant the grapes developed concentrated, complex flavors that may take a while to develop in the bottle. Clearly one of the best harvests ever.
The grapes were picked in the cool mornings @ 22 - 24º 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 was kept in 225 ℓ casks for 8 months with lees stirred 1 - 2 times a month initially.
20% new oak used – half French, half American. Most barrels did not go through malolactic fermentation.
Bottled unfiltered on the property by hand with only a light bentonite fining.

Tasting Notes:

Color: An appealing pale yellow color.
Nose: The nose shows subtle nutty, creamy oak with a complex mineral, damp hay 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 2004 and 2009.
Other: Excellent with sushi, rich fish and seafood dishes, most white meats or on its own.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.98
RS (g/l): 2.2
TA (g/l): 6.4
pH: 3.36
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