de Trafford Chenin Blanc
2012 Chenin Blanc


Vineyard: Keerverder, Post House and Bredell.
Soil Type: Keerverder Vineyard; deep red Hutton soil with good moisture retention. Post House; Gravelly Hutton and Escourt soil. Bredell; Sandy, gravelly Escourt soil.
Vine Age: Bredell and Post House 28, Keerverder 40 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: Started on the 2nd of February.
Yield: Keerveder 7 t/ha, Post House 4 t/ha and 3 t/ha Keerverder.


Winter 2011 was colder than usual, but with average rainfall resulting in excellent, even bud-break, good growth in spring, but poor weather (cold and rain) over the flowering period resulting in uneven flowering and berry set. Extra attention was paid to green harvesting to help make up for this. Disease pressure was managed with well-timed sprays and open, small canopies. January was exceptionally hot, which really jolted the vines into ripeness. The ripening period of February and March was much cooler and close to perfect with little rain and no rot. Harvest started with some Chenin Blanc on 2/2/12 and continued until the 6th of March @ 21°B to 23.5°B.
Grapes lightly crushed and allowed 3 hours skin contact (a long breakfast!) before gently pressing in a traditional basket press. Sulphur 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 9 months with lees stirred 1 – 2 times a month initially. 15% new French oak used. No malolactic fermentation. Lightly fined with bentonite – a natural clay. Bottled unfiltered on the property by hand.
Bottling date: 30/11/12.

Label painting by Rita Trafford titled: ‘The Small Things Count’, inspired by the Euphorbias and the less noticed creatures of the Maasai Mara.

VIDEO: select the link below to watch David Trafford presenting the 2012 Chenin Blanc

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive pale yellow color.
Nose: Dusty straw, lime nose at first with ripe melon, honey and almonds emerging. Similar to 2011, the fresh, zesty palate already shows complexity and excellent maturation potential. Layers of lemon, honey, dusty apricots and nuts reveal with time in the glas
Palate: Moderately rich mid palate and a long dry finish.
Other: Ideal with chilled lime flavored avocado veloute’ with turmeric scented sea urchin or any other delicious seafood, fish or sushi. Drink now to 2020.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.39
RS (g/l): 2.6
TA (g/l): 4.9
pH: 3.49
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