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de Trafford Syrah `393`
2010 Syrah


Vineyard: “Mont Fleur” vineyard – high altitude (393 metres) Helderberg Mountain North West facing slope. “Tip Top Mont Fleur” vineyard is immediately above the existing Shiraz vineyard.
Soil Type: “Mont Fleur”, steep slope, terraced site with rocky, granitic based Hutton soil. “Tip Top Mont Fleur”, soil and aspect similar, though a little steeper and stonier.
Vine Age: “Mont Fleur” is 15 years old, “Tip Top Mont Fleur” was planted in 2003.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: From the 18th of February to 2nd of March.
Yield: 3 and 4 t/ha.


A cool, overcast, rainy spring led to poor fruit set and smaller, looser bunches. Very strong winds during flowering dramatically reduced the size of the crop as well as causing some physical damage. The small crop contributed to faster ripening with very ripe grapes of great intensity. A hot, dry harvest, but all of our Syrah was picked before the mid-March heat wave.
Handpicking into 20 kg crates. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small 2 ton open top fermentation tanks. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation at max. 31°Centigrade with the cap of skins punched down manually 1 – 4 times a day for 14 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.
Malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 50% new fine grained, slow toasted small French oak was used.
Time in barrel 22 months with only 2 gentle rackings.
This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered by hand.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep, dark red color.
Nose: Big, rich blue and blackberry nose with cedary notes. Great intensity and complexity. Rich, ripe dark fruit and pepper and spice palate.
Palate: Big, mouth filling tannins. Slightly sweet fruit comes out as the wine opens up.
Other: Drink 2015 to 2022. Best with a thick chunk of steak on the braai (South African BBQ).

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15.72
RS (g/l): 3.9
TA (g/l): 5.6
pH: 3.56