SOUTH AFRICA


De Trafford Straw Wine
2006 Chenin Blanc

Viticulture

Vineyard: South-West
Soil Type: Deep red Hutton, gravelly Hutton
Vine Age: 20-34 yrs
Irrigation: Lightly irrigated
Harvest Date: 7/2/2006 – 16/3/2006
Yield: 2-6 tons/ha

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 flavours, before reharvesting in the cool mornings. Fermented with natural yeasts and matured for 21 months using mostly new 225 l oak barrels – 60% French and 40% American. Racked while in barrel to remove heavy sediment and lightly bentonite fined. 15% 2007 included. The VA of the 2007 portion was reduced by about 20%.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive yellow gold color
Nose: Quite closed shortly after bottling, but with great intensity. A little more lime/lemon character together with the usual dried apricot, nuts, honey and buttered toast.
Palate: The palate is intensely sweet yet not cloying, fresh and lively yet richly oxidative with a long clean and complex finish.
Other: Delicious with good patés, biscotti and various hard cheeses. A rewarding challenge to match with desserts!

These are naturally made, living wines which may deposit a sediment and / or tartrate crystals – a healthy sign of a handcrafted wine.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 12.0
RS (g/l): 226.8
TA (g/l): 6.7
pH: 3.84
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