De Trafford, Chenin Blanc 750ml 2014South Africa, Stellenbosch
Attractive pale yellow colour. Fresh dusty cut grass on the nose at first with ripe melon, lemon, subtle honey and roasted almonds. A little lighter and more delicate vintage with emphasis on freshness rather than richness. A lively, but rather closed palate shortly after bottling with dusty apricots, nuts, lemon and honey showing on a moderately rich mid-palate and a long dry, nutty finish. Excellent with fish and sushi or on its own.
Drink now to 2020.
'The nose shows yellow peach, apricot and even pineapple plus ginger, spice and a little leesy complexity. The palate is rich and full (despite official protestations to the contrary) with concentrated fruit, coated acidity and an intensely savoury finish. The wine has an essential, unadulterated feel about it and basically completely rocks.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.com
1 block - (Helderzicht) 30 year old bush vines. Foothills of the Helderberg 4km from False Bay. Sandy, gravelly Escourt soil. No irrigation. Yield 8 tons/ha.
1 block - (Keermont) 8 year old vines on 6 wire vertical trellis. No irrigation. Deep red hutton soil with good moisture retention. Yield 15 tons/ha.
A very good, cold wet winter ensured the soil moisture supply was filled and we had even bud-burst. Cool, wet weather at the beginning of the growing season resulted in a slow start and moderate healthy growth. High rainfall in November and January meant there was no need for any irrigation. Fungal disease pressure was high in November/December, but well-timed contact sprays kept the vines healthy. Bunch and berry size was a little larger than usual due to the higher rain and less wind than usual. This resulted in a littles concentrated, more delicate fresh style. Moderate temperatures and no rain over harvest meant the development of attractive fresh fruity characters. Harvest started about 2 weeks later than usual.
Grapes lightly crushed and allowed 3 hours skin contact (a long breakfast!) before gently pressing in a traditional basket press. Sulphur added and natural settling allowed for 2 days before. 100 % barrel fermentation with natural yeasts. All the wine was kept in 225 ℓ and a few 700 ℓ casks for 9 months with lees and stirred 1 - 2 times a month initially. 15% new French oak used. No malolactic fermentation. Lightly fined with bentonite – a natural clay. Bottled unfiltered on the property by hand.
Bottling date: 18/12/2014 (732 x 12 x 750ml)
Alc: 13.89 % SG: 1.9g/l TA: 5.0g/l pH: 3.55 VA: 0.59g/l SO2: 10 free and 69 total
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