SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Chenin Blanc
2005 Chenin Blanc

Viticulture

Vineyard: The Keermont vineyard is located at a cool, high altitude, South Western slope. The Post House vineyard is on the lower slopes of the Helderberg, 8 km from the cooling influence of the sea. Waterkloof is North facing.
Soil Type: Keermont has deep red Hutton soil with good moisture retention. Post House soil has gravelly Hutton and Escourt soil. Waterkloof has Red Hutton soil.
Vine Age: Keermont vineyard 33 years old, Post House vineyard 19 & 21 years old. Waterkloof: 22 year old bush vines
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: From February 2nd until the 28th.
Yield: 3, 5 and 8 t/ha

Vinification:

This Chenin Blanc comes from three different vineyards namely Keermont, Post House and Waterkloof.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
A late winter which delayed budding by about 2 weeks. Cool spring / early summer but a relatively trouble-free growing season. A single extremely hot day in January caused a lot of sunburn, especially in the Keermont vineyard. This significantly reduced the harvest but had little effect on quality. The delayed harvest gave us rich intense fruit from the earlier ripening Post House vineyard and a more subtle mineral character from the much later Keermont vineyard. The grapes were picked in the cool mornings at 22 to 23.8º Balling.

PRODUCTION
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 liters and a few 700 liters casks for 8 months with lees stirred 1 to 2 times a month initially.
15% 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 colour.
Nose: The nose shows damp hay, rich apricot and creamed honey fruit, subtle oak and a complex mineral character.
Palate: The palate is rich and full bodied with a touch of sugar. A little reductive shortly after bottling, but opens up quickly with air.
Other: Probably best between 2006 and 2009.
Excellent with lightly spicy Thai style dishes, seafood and most white meats or on its own.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.29
RS (g/l): 4.6
TA (g/l): 5.4
pH: 3.54
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