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Region: South Africa
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2010

Regular price $38.99
RATINGS: 90pts Vinous

With a mere 5 hectares under vine, de Trafford farm is the ultimate in boutique wineries. The farm, beautiful Mont Fleur, is situated 380m up against the Helderberg Mountain, south of Stellenbosch. De Trafford produces a miniscule 3500 cases per year, and production is limited to selected varietals namely: Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. At present, wines sell out within weeks of release. Owner and self-taught winemaker David Trafford has made the transition from being an architect to one of South Africaƒ??s top winemakers in just 10 years. The wine making process uses the philosophy of paying great attention to detail. The process is as natural as possible. The critical decision of when to harvest is determined more by tasting the grapes for optimum ripeness than by chemical analysis - trusting his innate knowledge from past experiences. With hand picking, pressing in a traditional basket press, the use of indigenous yeast occurring in the grape skins for fermentation, minimum handling, no acid additions or filtration. This allows for natural development of the wine. Straw wine (Vin de Paille) is a unique specialty - the first of its kind in South Africa! De Trafford wines have a distinctive personality - intensely flavored and finely structured, with great length and finesse. David and his wife design their own labels. David designs the red wine labels with architectural themes, while his wife, Rita paints the labels for the Chenin Blanc, which changes each year, and the Straw Wine, which remains the same.

Tasting Notes: Vinous 90 points - (15.8% alcohol; Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc; 40% new French oak): Liqueur-like black cherry, blueberry, mocha and licorice on the nose, along with hints of pepper, fresh herbs and woodsmoke. Hugely ripe, plush and chewy but initially a bit dulled by alcohol. Rich, deep dark berry and chocolate flavors emerged with air. Finishes long, sweet and ripely tannic, with enough acidity to maintain its balance. A major no-holds-barred mouthful of Cabernet..Stephen Tanzer, June/2015

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