SOUTH AFRICA


De Trafford Chenin Blanc
2007 Chenin Blanc

Viticulture

Vineyard: SW
Soil Type: Deep red Hutton, gravelly Hutton
Vine Age: 21-35 years
Irrigation: Lightly irrigated
Harvest Date: 2 / 2 / 07 - 12 / 3 / 07
Yield: 2 - 6 tons/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 was kept in 225 ℓ and a few 700 ℓ casks for 7 to 8 months with lees stirred 1 - 2 times a month initially. Lightly fined with bentonite – a natural clay. 20% new oak used – 80% French, 20% American. No malolactic fermentation.
Bottled unfiltered on the property by hand.
Bottling date: 10 / 10 / 07. (900 x 12 x 750ml produced)

Tasting Notes:

Color: An appealing pale yellow colour.
Nose: The nose is quite subtle at first, evolving in the glass to show damp hay, rich apricot and honey, noticeable, but well integrated oak and a complex mineral character.
Palate: The palate is rich and full -bodied, yet quite elegant with a long finish and attractive creamy texture from long lees contact.
Other: Extremely versatile food wine - excellent with rich fish dishes, sushi and other seafood as well as most subtle white meats or simply on its own. Probably best between 2008 and 2012.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.83
RS (g/l): 1.9
TA (g/l): 5.3
pH: 3.50
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