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De Trafford Chenin Blanc 1999 Reserve

Best barrel selected from Challenge Winner – 16 month barrel maturation!


Vineyard Block

 Post House block - 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 relieve drought and heat stress.


Vintage Conditions

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.


Tasting Notes

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

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