De Trafford, Blueprint Syrah 2018

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David Trafford, owner and winemaker, enjoyed a successful career as an architect before changing direction and pursuing his passion for winemaking. His wife, Rita, is a qualified chef and artist. Each of the De Trafford labels is designed by one of the dynamic pair.

Another excellent vintage of De Trafford’s Blueprint Syrah; the grapes were harvested from twenty year old vines, grown on decomposed granite soil, offering immense concentration and flavour in the fruit.

This wine has soft, vibrant notes of blueberries and black cherries, with herbaceous eucalyptus and a slight warmth of clove and white pepper.

Great acidity and crunchy tannins make way for a long generous finish.

93pts | Platter's

£27.00

Only 3 left in stock

Stellenbosch

Shiraz / Syrah

LightFull Bodied

Description

‘VINEYARD BLOCKS
Mostly from the neighbouring Keermont vineyard. A north east facing block. 20 yr old vines on a vertical trellis, clone SH9 on 101.14 rootstock. Soil deep red Hutton, medium potential, decomposed granite. Yield 6 tons / ha (39 hl/ha). The balance from two other Keermont blocks: “Steepside”, similar to the above hillside vineyard and “Sweetwater,” a stony alluvial soil that delivers a little lighter, but lovely aromatic aspect.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
Another excellent vintage to follow 2017 after 2 years of drought. Winter started a bit late, but was cold enough to get dormancy off to a good start. Bud break started late as winter dragged on into September. The early growing season was windy with cold and wet periods leading to uneven flowering and berry set resulting in lower yields. The rest of the growing season was dry and hot followed by much cooler temperatures in February with especially cool nights. Disease pressure was very low and the late start to harvest we had healthy grapes with small bunches and small berries. Harvest a little later than usual with very little rain problems. Similar, elegant vintage to 2017 with a lower acidity and a little more fruit.

PRODUCTION
Handpicking into 20 kg crates. Destemming and lightly crushed directly into small open top fermentation tanks. 10% whole bunches included. Spontaneous fermentation @ max. 30deg. with the cap of skins punched down manually twice a day for an average of 16 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from basket press. Malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 20 months maturation in old barrels. Bottled by hand unfined (Vegan) and unfiltered.

TASTING NOTES
Medium deep ruby red colour. An expressive nose of concentrated blueberries steeped in spices with a subtle hint of Eucalyptus and fynbos (garrigues). Soft, but lively palate reveals a heap of delicious flavours that were suggested on the nose. Enough acidity and crunchy tannins to carry the wine to a long appealing finish. Drink now to 2030. Enjoy with a wide range of rich food. My favourite, roasted pork belly.’

Additional information

Alcohol vol

14.2%

Grape

Shiraz / Syrah

Origin

Stellenbosch

Vintage

2018

Wine Farm

Succulent roasted pork belly with crackling.

1 review for De Trafford, Blueprint Syrah 2018

  1. 93pts | Platter’s

    Mostly Keermont blocks, as previous, including alluvial Sweetwater, producing lighter but aromatic grapes, reflected in 2018’s fynbos perfume. Complex flavours of ripe red & black fruit in a well-balanced oak frame (21 months, older French). 10% whole bunches included.

    Platter’s 2021

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