2015 | 2014 | 2013 | ARCHIVE

de Trafford Chenin Blanc
2013 Chenin Blanc


Vineyard: Keerweder, high altitude, South West facing slope, Post House, lower slopes of the Helderberg, 8 km from the cooling influence of the sea and Helderzicht is located on the foothills of the Helderberg 4km from False Bay.
Soil Type: Keerweder vineyard, deep red Hutton soil with good moisture retention, Post House, gravelly Hutton and Escourt soil and Helderzicht, Sandy, gravelly Escourt soil.
Vine Age: Keerweder , 41 & 7 year old vines, Post House 27 & 29, Helderzicht 29 year old bush vines.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: 1st February to the end of the month.
Yield: 3 to 7 t/ha.


2013 vintage was characterized by extreme wind in late spring, which seriously reduced the crop and foliage for all varieties, though de Trafford Chenin Blanc was a little less affected. The rest of the season was good with typical hot, dry weather during the harvest period. Picking started on the 1st February and continued through to the end of the month. A slightly earlier harvest than average with all the hand harvested and sorted grapes coming into the cellar in perfect condition.
Grapes lightly crushed and allowed three hours skin contact (a long breakfast!) before gently pressing in a traditional basket press. Sulfur added and natural settling allowed for two days before.
100 % barrel fermentation with natural yeasts. All the wine was kept in 225 liters and a few 700 liters casks for nine 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.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive pale yellow color.
Nose: Fresh dusty cut grass on the nose at first with ripe melon, lemon, honey, butter and roasted almonds emerging.
Palate: Emphasis a little more on freshness and elegance, rather than richness, compared to earlier vintages. A lively, but rather closed palate shortly after bottling with dusty apricots, nuts, lemon and honey showing on a moderately rich mid-palate and a long d
Other: Excellent with rich fish, seafood and sushi.
Already showing a lot of complexity – drink now to 2020.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.92
RS (g/l): 2.3
TA (g/l): 4.8
pH: 3.47