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de Trafford Chenin Blanc
2014 Chenin Blanc


Vineyard: Helderzicht is located against the foothills of the Helderberg 4km from False Bay. Keermont is on teh neighbouring farm.
Soil Type: Helderzicht is made of sandy, gravelly Escourt soil. Keermont is composed of deep red hutton soil with good moisture retention.
Vine Age: Helderzicht 30 year old bush vines, Keermont Vineyard 8 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date:
Yield: 8 and 15 t/ha.


A very good, cold wet winter ensured the soil moisture supply was filled and provided even bud burst. The weather was cool and wet at the beginning of the growing season resulting in a slow start and moderate healthy growth. High rainfall in November and January meant there was no need for any irrigation. Fungal disease pressure was high in November / December, but well timed contact sprays kept the vines healthy. Bunch and berry size was a little larger than usual due to the higher rain and less wind than usual. This resulted in less concentration with a more delicate fresh style. Moderate temperatures and no rain over harvest meant the development of attractive fresh fruity characters. Harvest started about two weeks later than usual.

Grapes lightly crushed and allowed 3 hours skin contact (a long breakfast!) before gently pressing using a traditional basket press. Sulfur added and natural settling allowed for two days before the 100 % barrel fermentation with natural yeasts was started. 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: 18/12/2014 (732 x 12 x 750ml)
Label painting by Rita Trafford titled: “Let Go of the Map”.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive pale yellow color.
Nose: Fresh dusty cut grass on the nose at first with ripe melon, lemon, subtle honey and roasted almonds. A little lighter, more delicate vintage with emphasis on freshness rather than richness.
Palate: A lively fresh palate with dusty apricots, nuts, lemon and honey showing on a moderately rich mid-palate and a long dry, nutty finish.
Other: Excellent with fish and sushi or on its own. Drink now to 2020.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.89
RS (g/l): 1.9
TA (g/l): 5
pH: 3.55