De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2001
1 block ( Keerweder ) 29 year old vines on a 3 wire trellis on neighbouring cool high altitude SW slope. Deep red Hutton soil with good moisture retention. Unirrigated. Yield 4 tons / hectare.
2 blocks ( Post House ) 15 & 17 year old vines on a 4 wire trellis with moveable foliage wires. Lower slopes of the Helderberg, 8 km from the cooling influence of the sea. Gravelly Hutton soil. Yield 9 tons / hectare. Lightly irrigated to releave drought and heat stress.
The growing season was generally hot and dry with no disease problems. The fourth hot, dry vintage in a row, but this was thankfully a little cooler and the grapes responded with lots of lovely fruit flavours and balanced ripeness.
The grapes were picked in the cool mornings @ 23 – 24 degrees balling.
Harvest date 8 / 2 / 01 – 6 / 3 / 01
Grapes lightly crushed and allowed 3 hours skin contact before gently pressing in a traditional basket press. Sulphur and dry ice added and natural settling allowed for 2 days before 100 % barrel fermentation with natural yeasts.
All the wine kept in 225 l casks for 8 months with lees stirred 1 – 2 times a month initially.
30 % new oak used – mostly American from Demptos, Napa. Partial malolactic fermentation.
Bottled unfiltered on the property by hand with only a light bentonite fining.
Bottling date : 30 / 10 / 01.
An appealing light yellow colour.
The nose shows subtle spicy, vanilla oak with apricot/citrus fruit core and an intiguing mineral, hay character.
The palate is very full bodied with a mouthwatering thread of acidity that carries the complex fruit and oak flavours to a long aftertaste.
Excellent with rich fish and seafood dishes, subtle red and white meats or on its own.
ALC: 14.0% SUGAR: 1.9 TA: 6.2 pH: 3.15 VA: 0.51 SO2: 36 & 101