De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2010
One of three label painting set by Rita Trafford titled: Pond Studies
All grapes sourced from the same blocks of old low yielding vines – between 25 and 40 years old – in the Stellenbosch / Helderberg area. Keerweder, Post House and Bredell. Decomposed granite soils with good moisture retention, unirrigated or lightly irrigated at varaison.
Yield particularly low in 2010 – between 3 & 5 tons /hectare.
A cool, overcast, rainy spring led to poor fruit set and smaller looser bunches. Very strong winds caused some physical damage and also contributed to reducing the size of the crop. The small crop contributed to faster ripening and the first grapes being picked very ripe. A hot, dry harvest, but most of our Chenin was picked before the mid March heat wave, preserving complexity.
100% barrel fermented in 225L and 700L casks for 10 months. 20% new French oak. No malolactic fermentation. Bottled unfiltered.
Bottling date: 29 / 12 / 10. (520 x 12 x 750ml)
Rich yellow colour.
A little richer, thicker than usual, with great concentration and length. Ideal with mildly spicy Asian seafood or chicken dishes.
Drink 2011 to 2015
ALC. 14.9% SUGAR: 4.1g/l TA: 5.2g pH: 3.62 VA: 0.76g/l SO2: 12free & 83total