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De Trafford Straw Wine 2003 vs. Lammershoek Straw Wine 2009

Sugar rush.
Sugar rush.

Last night an interesting contrast in styles when De Trafford Straw Wine 2003 was put up against Lammershoek Straw Wine 2009, the former being hugely rich and full, the latter fresher and more zingy.

The De Trafford is from 100% Chenin Blanc, and was naturally fermented in mostly new oak, 60% French and 40% American before being matured for 17 months. Abv: 13.7%, RS 192g/l, TA 7.3, pH 3.62. The Lammershoek is from 89% Chenin Blanc and 11% Hárslevelü also naturally fermented in old French oak and matured for nine months. Abv: 10%, RS 280g/l, TA 8.7g/l, pH 3.52.

Both wines were very good in their category but really how much Straw Wine does anybody want to drink? For all their richness, they necessarily do not have the same complexity as a top quality Noble Late Harvest and you have to have a high tolerance for volatile acidity!


  1. Hey Christian – talking of tolerance, mine is lacking, and you really must improve the standard of proofreading on your blog! All the accents brilliantly in place on the Hungarian variety (I think), but – “De Tafford” (twice, nogal)? And talking of how much of these wines one wants to drink as opposed to admire – not much usually, but doesn’t the same apply to NLH? I accumulate bottles of these acquired with enthusiasm (often as gifts, I confess) but they linger….. But don’t you think the comparative freshness you talk about might just have had something to do with the Lammershoek being six years younger than the De Trafford? Contrast in styles more than in age – are you quite sure?

    • Hi Tim, Thanks for the pointing out the typos (duly corrected). As ever this blog done on the fly. No excuse for sloppy proofing and I can’t wait to be rich and famous so I can hire someone with meticulous attention to detail to correct spelling and craft grammar (I wish). As for De Trafford vs. Lammershoek, of course the difference in vintages was a factor and viewing one Straw Wine as “lighter” than another is a matter of extreme relativity. I adore NLH but concede I don’t drink it that often; I suspect that its cause would be well served if we got into the habit of serving it at the beginning of the meal with pâté (cut and pasted those accents) rather than the end of the meal when everybody tends to be well pissed.


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