De Trafford Reserve Chenin Blanc 1999
(Best barrel selected from Challenge Winner – 16 month barrel maturation!)
1 block ( Post House ) 13 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 5 tons / hectare. Lightly irrigated to releave drought and heat stress.
The growing season was good with ( thankfully ) above average rain in November and December, as the following ripening period was particularly dry and hot. The grapes were picked in the cooling mornings @ 21.8 – 23.6 degrees balling.
Harvest date 7 / 2 / 99 – 29 / 2 / 99.
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 a two year old 225 l French oak barrel for 16 months with lees stirred
1 – 2 times a month initially. Malolactic fermentation completed.
Bottled unfiltered on the property by hand with only a light bentonite fining.
Bottling date : 5 / 6 / 2000.
Excellent with rich fish and seafood dishes, subtle red and white meats or on its own.
ALC. 14.99 SUGAR 2.7 TA 5.3 pH 3.64 VA 0.71 SO2 18 & 106