de Trafford
Chenin Blanc 2014

South Africa , stellenbosch

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 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.
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Grape Variety
100% Chenin Blanc

Hand Harvested

12 bottle per carton

Natural Cork

Foil Type

13.5 %

Tasting Notes

de Trafford

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, 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.