De Trafford, Cinsault 2019
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.
This Cinsaut hails from a 26 year old block of vines in Bottelary Hills.
Ripe strawberry and raspberry on the nose, with a touch of mint and fennel herbaceousness. Red berry fruit-forward, with a subtle spice and a lovely earthy character. Soft on the palate, but with good structure and length.
We recommend serving very lightly chilled; place in the fridge for fifteen minutes or so before drinking to really crystallise the purity of the wine.
DE TRAFFORD CINSAUT 2019
26 year old “opgeleide bostok” vineyard in the Bottelary hills. Deep gravelly Tukulu soil with 20% clay and some fine sand in the topsoil. Lightly irrigated before veraison. Yield 11 tons/ha. (72hl/ha)
Winter rainfall was higher than previous two vintages, but about average and slightly warmer than average. Bud break was rather uneven and required additional attention to foliage management during the growing period. A relatively cool wet spring, which continued throughout much of the growing season. The high fungal pressure required adhering diligently to a suitable spray programme throughout the season. Regular rainfall and low day and night temperatures during the ripening period meant there was no water stress and ripening was gentle and slow
Harvest date: 28/2/19 @ 21 balling
100% whole bunch fermentation in a two ton open top tank. Continuous CO2 sparging from a closed wooden tank of fermenting syrah. 1 month on the skins. Wine drained directly to barrels together with a single pressing from our traditional basket press. All our wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in the barrel. Matured for 9 months in 2 x 700L old oak barrels.
This wine was bottled unfiltered by hand on the property
Bottling date: 2/12/19 Production: 99 x 12 x 750mℓ
Typical light ruby colour. Lovely spice, ripe strawberry and raspberry nose with a little mint and fennel herbaceousness. Some Pinot like forest floor aspects evolve in the glass too. Red berry fruit more to the fore on the soft palate at first, with the underlying structure showing itself gently on the long finish. Spice and herbaceous elements adding a lot of complexity and texture to the end of the palate. Enjoy very young, but will be fascinating to follow its development over the next 10 to 20 years. Ideal with a wide variety of light meat, poultry and vegetable dishes with a little heat and spice due to the soft tannin and low acidity.
Light meat, poultry and vegetable dishes.