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de Trafford Syrah `393`
2009 Syrah


Vineyard: Steep slope, Mont Fleur high altitude Helderberg mountain NW facing slope & Tip Top Mont Fleur just above the older Syrah vineyard.
Soil Type: Rocky, granitic based Hutton soil, the Tip Top vineyard is more stonier than Mont Fleur.
Vine Age: 14 & 4 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: From the 28th February to the 13th of March.
Yield: 5 & 6 t/ha.


'de Trafford Syrah 393' is the new name for the 'de Trafford Shiraz'. 393 making reference to the vineyard's altitude.

Typical cold, wet winter followed by a normal growing season with enough rain and warm weather to produce good, balanced growth. A hot, dry ripening period without excessive stress, producing concentrated wines with great structure. One of the best vintages of the decade for the patient.
A massive fire prior to harvest meant a very stressful start to the harvest, but also relief that de Trafford was spared any real damage.
Harvested at 24.6°- 26.9° Balling.

Handpicking into 20 kg crates. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation at maximum 31°Centigrade with the cap of skins punched down manually once to four times a day for 14 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.
All de Trafford reds undergo malolactic fermentation in barrels.
50% new fine grained, slow toasted small French oak was used.
Aged for 20 months with only 2 gentle rackings.
This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand.
Production : 400 x 12 x 750ml.

Consistently best rated wine from South Africa by The Wine Spectator.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep, dark red color.
Nose: Big, rich spicy blue & blackberry nose.
Palate: Great intensity and complexity. Rich, ripe dark fruit and pepper and spice palate. Big, mouth-filling tannins. Slightly sweet fruit comes out as the wine opens up.
Other: Drink 2014 to 2021. Best with a thick chunk of steak on the grill.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 16.04
RS (g/l): 3.1
TA (g/l): 5.1
pH: 3.65