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De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012

There were 25 examples of Shiraz/Syrah nominated for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2015 and it fell to Grape.co.za founder Tim James, sommelier-at-large Higgo Jacobs and me tasting blind to either endorse these or not. Wine assessment is often humbling and particularly so in this instance. Out of the five wines we as a trio anointed [...]

November 21, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

Platter’s 2015

Major achievers in Platter’s 2015: Winery of the Year Sadie Family Wines White Wine of the Year DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Red Wine of the Year De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012 Wines rated Five Stars:  Méthode Cap Classique Graham Beck  Blanc de Blancs Brut 2009 Chardonnay DeMorgenzon Reserve 2013 Iona 2013 Richard Kershaw Elgin 2013 [...]

October 27, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments

Sijnn 2010

Sijnn near the settlement of Malgas on the banks of the Breede River some three hours’ drive from Cape Town is about a remote a wine farm as I have ever visited (see images here). It sees David Trafford of De Trafford in Stellenbosch and partners attempting to push the envelope – they have chosen [...]

April 24, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment

De Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

De Trafford reds are built like Lamborghini builds its cars was the analogy that came to mind on opening a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 from this Stellenbosch cellar over the weekend. 15% abv but the supercar-like specs don’t stop there. Included in the blend was 6% Merlot and 5% Roobernet (as you do) and [...]

March 25, 2014
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Sijnn 2009

To describe the red blend under the Sijnn label from vineyards situated between Malgas and Cape Infanta as “exotic” is something of an understatement. The current-release 2009, for instance, is a blend of 46% Shiraz, 29% Mourvèdre, 13% Touriga Nacional, 6% Trincadeira and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Made by co-owner David Trafford at the De Trafford [...]

February 5, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Sijnn 2008

Sijnn is the original Khoisan word for the Breede River. How precisely to pronounce it is moot, but co-owner David Trafford is happy if you say it like you would the more famous Seine that runs through Paris. It’s the name of Trafford’s vineyard situated between the hamlet of Malagas and the fishing village of [...]

January 29, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc 2007 vs. De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2007

Yesterday lunch hosted by Singita Game Reserves at fellow Relais & Chateaux member Ellerman House in Bantry Bay. The object of the exercise? To showcase the Singita wine cellar, arguably the best stock of modern-era South African wine anywhere. The menu as follows: steamed crab and ginger dumpling in miso broth with Waterford Library Collection [...]

September 20, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments

De Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon vertical

Yesterday a tasting of the 1993, 1996 and 2000 through 2009 vintages of De Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is situated on Mont Fleur farm up against the slopes of the Helderberg mountains between Stellenbosch and Somerset West and though the property is 200ha in size, only 5ha is under vineyard. When it comes to [...]

September 15, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments
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