SOUTH AFRICA


de Trafford Straw Wine
2001 Chenin Blanc

Viticulture

Vineyard: Cool high altitude South Western slope and lower slopes of the Helderberg.
Soil Type: Deep red Hutton soil with good moisture retention and gravelly Hutton.
Vine Age: 29, 15 and 17 year old.
Irrigation: Sprayer
Harvest Date: 8 February to 6 March 2001.
Yield: 4 and 9.

Vinification:

The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness and laid out on drying racks in 70% shade for 3 weeks. This allows the grapes to concentrate sugars, acids and flavors, before reharvesting in the cool mornings.
Fermented with natural yeasts and matured for 15 months using mostly new 225 L oak barrels - 50% French and 50%American.
Racked while in barrel to remove heavy sediment and lightly bentonite fined before bottling unfiltered.
Bottling date : 3 June 2002.
Production: 600 cases (6 x 375 ml)

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive deep yellow color.
Nose: Intense honey, apricot, nuts and citrus nose.
Palate: The palate is sweet and concentrated with just enough acidity and oak tannins to compliment and deliver a long, lingering finish.
Other: This wine is a dessert all on its own - a real treat after the meal. Delicious with biscotti and various nuts. Compliments slightly tart fruit desserts and good pate's beautifully.
These are naturally made, living wines which may deposit a sediment - a healthy sign of a handcrafted wine.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 11.7
RS (g/l): 252.0
TA (g/l): 7.9
pH: 3.48
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