De Trafford, Elevation 393 750ml 2014South Africa, Stellenbosch
'Beautifully aged & refined flagship from single home-farm parcel. 2014 combines cab, syrah, merlot, cab franc (43/29/21/7) harmoniously in a complex, rounded blend, tannins subtly woven round dark fruit. Superbly balanced & knit after 20 months in mostly new oak, with several rackings. Also 1.5 & 3L.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)
'393 is a reference to the altitude of these blocks on the De Trafford farm. Always released late, this is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, with 20% Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Mature, herbal and graceful, it has considerable finesse and subtlety, stylish (mostly new) oak and granular tannins supporting a blackcurrant and tobacco leaf core. Drink 2021-26.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100
'Medium deep, bright red colour. Red berries, cherries and spicy tomato paste nose with a little fynbos character. Some blueberry and black currant too, with well integrated new French oak. Bright red fruit and spice palate and a lovely fine texture. The rich, but refined berry fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot make up the core with the wonderful spice of the Syrah and Cabernet Franc adding another dimension. Enjoy with duck, charcuterie and most roast meat. Drink now to 2030.' – Winemaker
Alc: 14.8% | TA: 5.4 g/L | PH: 3.69
About De Trafford:
De Trafford winery is situated at a height of 380 metres between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains, on a farm called Mont Fleur. Only 18 years after its purchase in 1976, could the vineyards be planted due to quota restrictions. The property is owned and run by the Trafford family with David Trafford as winemaker, and they follow a "mindful" approach to winemaking.
|Blend information||43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Syrah, 21% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||De Trafford winery is situated at a height of 380 metres between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains, on a farm called Mont Fleur. Only 18 years after its purchase in 1976, could the vineyards be planted due to quota restrictions. The property is owned and run by the Trafford family with David Trafford as winemaker, and they follow a 'mindful' approach to winemaking.|
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