De Trafford Chenin Blanc 1996

VINEYARD BLOCKS

1 block 20 year old vines on 3 wire trellis ( opgeleide bosstok ) – yield 7 tons / hectare – picked early March 2nd block 10 year old vines on 3 wire trellis ( canopy fairly well managed, no leaf removal ) – yield 9 tons / hectare – picked late February 3rd block 15% Chardonnay

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

Harvest date: 26/2/96 – 5/3/96 @ 22.2 – 24.5° balling.

PRODUCTION

Picking only early morning ( before 9.00am ), crushed lightly and allowed approx. 4 hours skin contact.

Single pressing in small traditional basket press into settling tank for 1 -2 days – S0 2 added. Transferred to 225 l barrels – mostly 3rd fill, 15% new French oak.
Barrel fermentation with natural yeasts only – max. temp. reached 24 degrees. Lees stirred every 2nd week reducing to about once a month.

Maturation in the barrel 7 months. Bentonite and isinglass fining prior to bottling unfiltered 27 / 9 /96.

Production – 150 cases.

TASTING NOTES

ANALYSIS

Alc. 13,7 TA 7,5 pH 3,34 VA 0,41 sug. 2,0 SO2 35 & 100

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