What I Drank Last Night
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Sijnn 2010

Not unlike Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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 … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

Sijnn 2009

Well built.

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 … [Read more...]

Sijnn 2008

Sijnn wines totally rock.

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 … [Read more...]

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

Variations on a theme.

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]