De Trafford Wines Stellenbosch
Now firmly established as one of the Cape’s finest producers, David Trafford produces just 3,500 cases a year from his vineyards which are located at an altitude of nearly 400 metres between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains. The first vines were planted in 1983 but commercial quantities were only undertaken with the 1991 vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chenin Blanc are also sourced from other Stellenbosch and Helderberg vineyards. In addition to the wines rated below a Pinot Noir, a Cabernet Franc and Plan B, a second Bordeaux red blend, are also made. Among the reds the elegant, dark fruited Elevation 393 is blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah from the family’s Mont Fleur close planted vineyard. The richly textured and impressively concentrated 393 Syrah (now renamed to reflect its European style) with dark, spicy blackberry fruit is amongst the best in the region. The second Syrah (also renamed dropping the name Shiraz), Blueprint is softer and more approachable. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot also impress. All the reds are vinified with natural yeasts and are aged in mainly French oak with malolactic in barrel. Of the whites there is a very fine Straw Wine a Vin de Paille, made from old Chenin Blanc grapes concentrated on drying mats and a rarity outside France. The dry Chenin Blanc has a depth and intensity rarely found in Cape examples of the variety. Some very low yielding old vine fruit is used and the wine is barrel-fermented with natural yeasts and kept on fine lees in around 20% new French oak. The reds will benefit from four to five years patience and keep well for a decade or longer. A new partnership project SIJNN WINES with vineyards planted 230 km east of Cape Town was harvested for the first time with the 2007 vintage and is planted to a range of southern European and Mediterranean varieties. (DM)
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