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De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2015

What is striking about the nose of the Chenin Blanc 2015 from Stellenbosch producer De Trafford is a dried grass, almost thatch-like quality to go with citrus and white peach as well as a little spice. The palate is medium bodied and currently quite closed down. There is, however, a good core of fruit along […]

June 22, 2016
by Christian
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De Trafford Syrah 393 2011

The red wines of De Trafford in Stellenbosch are usually pretty close to the red zone in terms of weight and power but the Syrah 393 2011 is off the scale. Juice underwent  spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasted 22 months in French oak, 50% new, the final wine clocking in at 16.17% alcohol. On the […]

May 23, 2016
by Christian
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De Trafford Merlot 2010

How does David Trafford of Stellenbosch cellar DeTrafford do it? At a tasting billed as “Best of SA vs Bordeaux” put on by retailer Wine Cellar, I had it as my top wine in a flight of five assembled as being Merlot-driven and/or Right Bank in style (the others consisting of  La Fleur de Boüard […]

March 31, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Top three wines of February 2016

Here are our three most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2014 – 94 (read original post here) Donkiesbaai Steen 2014 – 93 (read original post here) Cape Rock White 2015 – 93 (read original post here)

March 1, 2016
by Christian
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De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2014

When David Trafford of Stellenbosch cellar DeTrafford gets it right, he really gets it right as is the case with his Chenin Blanc 2014. Grapes from two blocks: 30-year-old bush vines on the Helderberg and eight-year-old trellised vines on Keermont; bunch and berry size a little larger than usual due to higher rain and less […]

February 24, 2016
by Christian
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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
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