de Trafford Straw Wine
2002 Chenin Blanc
||Cool high altitude South Western slope and lower slopes of the Helderberg.
||Deep red Hutton and Gravelly Hutton.
||30, 16 and 18 years old.
||8 February to 5 March 2002.
||4 and 5.
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 19 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 : 6 November 2003.
Production: 220 cases (6 x 375 ml)
||Attractive deep yellow color.
||Intense honey, apricot, nuts and balsamic nose.
||The palate is sweet and concentrated with just enough acidity, oak tannins and oxidative development to compliment and deliver a long, lingering finish.
||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 for a hand crafted wine.