If you are looking for an intense Syrah, meant to be popped open and then mulled over for a few hours, this is the wine for you. Not only receiving 5 stars, it was also named the Platter Wine of the Year and its absolute earthiness lays claim to that.
The wine is produced on the overwhelmingly beautiful farm of De Trafford. It is situated high on the crest of the incline, Mont Fleur, looking over Stellenbosch and is poised perfectly in between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The land was purchased in 1976, but due to the quota restrictions, commercial planting and producing could only start in 1991. The wines produced were done in a way to reflect the personality of the land that they are grown on.
Winemaker David Trafford has an incredibly aesthetic view on making wine and prides himself on making wine that will age perfectly over the next ten years. The vines are grown on the neighbouring farm; Keemont Vineyards, and is grown in a deep, clay rich soil. This produces bigger berries which in turn allow the wine to be a lot more forthcoming to drink. They have been grown in this area since 2001 and the earth of the area speaks straight through the wine.
The grapes undergo a spontaneous natural yeast fermentation with the cap of the skins punched down manually two to three times a days for just over two weeks. The wine then goes through a malolactic fermentation in the barrel which it sits in for around 22 months. No new wood is added and it only goes through two rackings. The wine is bottled unrefined and unfiltered by hand. Many joke that this is the reason for the heaviness of the wine and the high alcohol level.
The label is unique in itself. Its blue print pays homage to the blueprint plan of cellar which sits on top of the hill overlooking the vineyard.
The wine is totally unique to taste. It demonstrates rich black and red berries with an intense ripe fruit punch. It has layers of pepper and spice and slowly builds up on your palate for a full round intensity. Even though the wine is ready to drink immediately, it will improve in four to five years, or you can store it for another ten years which will create the perfect full Syrah. Pair this delicious wine with a pork disk like ribs or any other juicy, decadent meat.
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