De Trafford, Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml 2013South Africa, Stellenbosch
'Dense, concentrated fruit aromas of blackberry, cassis and plum are framed by spicy notes of cigar box, saddle, licorice root, graphite and charred espresso bean. The palate is full and firm, with mouthcoating tannins and medium acidity that, coupled with the rich fruit core, promise successful long-term aging potential. The tobacco-tinged finish is long and tasty. Try after 2020 and through 2025.' – Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast, 92/100
'2013 was a very windy year, which “took away the fleshiness of the wines”, according to Dave Trafford. This is certainly quite firm and chewy, with plenty of oak to boot, but there’s enough acidity for balance. Needs a little more time. Drink 2018-23.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2017, 91/100
'Bright youthful medium deep red colour. Prominent spice and herbs on the nose with cherry and cassis fruit. Fine, austere youthful palate with nice liveliness in a more elegant style, typical of the vintage. Complex mix of cherry and blackcurrant fruit, spice and tobacco. Drinking well in 2017, but best between 2018 and 2025 with roast Karoo lamb! Ideal in Spiegelau Bordeaux Magnum glass or similar.' – Winemaker
Alc: 14.2% | TA: 5.3 g/L | PH: 3.74
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||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Drink to||Long-term cellaring|
|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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