About the Wine
The country's better Chenin Blancs tend to come from Margaret River, and this delicious release from Trait is further proof.
Chenin Blanc has a naturally high acid level, which was highlighted by the vintage conditions here. Even time in barrel couldn't tame the whip-crack of electric energy charging through this. There is a chalky grip, providing some welcome texture to the pure flavours of finger lime, Granny Smith apples and pear. This is a tour de force of Chenin Blanc from a couple who have clearly paid close attention.
It may be pronounced Traits, but it's spelt Truyts. Theo Truyts is a Lesothian ex-pat, who worked with several South African wineries before coming to Margaret River. Clare Trythall is a British ex-pat who works as an emergency doctor. Her attention to detail definitely keeps Theo on the straight and narrow, making her the best 'behind-the-scenes' manager a winemaker could have.
The couple met in 2013 and, six years later, Theo was offered management of a site he had worked with during his early years in Australia. The vineyard was deemed 'un-machineable' and was in danger of being left to the elements. Ever decreasing yields? Too costly to run? Challenge accepted.
The pair spent 2019 revitalising the vineyard between their day jobs and new child. The site can only be tended to by hand, but the fruit is immaculate. The resulting wines can only be seen as testaments to their dedication, care and passion.