De Trafford Syrah 393, referring to the vineyard’s height above sea level, is one of SA’s most successful wines. Each vintage since 2000 has received between 92 and 96 points in the Wine Spectator Magazine, with the 2011 achieving the highest score ever for a South African wine. This low-yielding, rocky vineyard – coupled with traditional winemaking – produces a hedonistic, powerful and yet elegant expression of Shiraz that ages gracefully for up to 2 decades.
We offer a small parcel of the cracking 2011 in halves and magnums, as well as the new release 2013 and finely textured 2012. Find out more about the Syrah 393 in this video.
The 2013 Blue Print Syrah is a worthy successor to the 2012 – Platter Red Wine of the Year. Sourced mostly from neighbouring Keermont, it offers a slightly leaner expression of Syrah compared to the powerful 393.
Having been dedicated to Stellenbosch Syrah for almost 2 decades, few producers can match David’s incredible track record and consistency.
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De Trafford Blue Print Syrah 2013 – R 220
A worthy successor to the 2012 – Platter Red Wine of the Year. Mostly from the neighbouring Keermont vineyard, a north-east facing block.
Medium deep purple red colour. Fresh, dark berry fruit and plum pudding nose with black and white pepper, fynbos (herbal). Fresh, slightly austere, lively palate with lovely fine tannins and all the complex flavours found on the nose popping through. – David Trafford
De Trafford Syrah 393 2013 – R 505
Medium deep purple red colour. Forthcoming spicy, blueberry fruit, herbal (fynbos) notes and white pepper on the nose. Great intensity and complexity, though in a lighter, more lifted style than usual and similar to the 2007. Palate also shows more elegant, firmer tannins with more mineral notes dominating. Needs time, drink 2018 to 2028. Delicious with a venison and mushroom casserole. – David Trafford
De Trafford Syrah 393 2012 – R 550
Deep, dense colour. Brooding dark berry fruit with dusty fynbos, violets and white pepper nose. Palate also rather closed and needing time to evolve with fruit hidden behind plenty of fine grained tannins. Drink 2017 to 2030. A wine to linger over, but delicious with a venison casserole. – David Trafford
De Trafford Syrah 393 2011 – R 295 per 375ml and R1,500 per magnum
Gorgeous, with layers of luxurious blackberry coulis, plum sauce and warmed fig notes, layered seamlessly with the polished structure. Dark ganache, melted black licorice and tar details provide a perfect backdrop. Everything flows beautifully through the finish, where a smoldering dark tea accent lingers alluringly. Best from 2016 through 2022. – Wine Spectator.