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De Trafford Perspective 2017 (1.5 L bottles)

The best new French oak barrels of our Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from our Mont Fleur vineyard 393m above sea level were selected. After a year, the barrels were blended into a single old 700 litre barrel and matured for a further nine months. Twothirds were bottled especially for the Guild Auction and the balance added to our Elevation 393 blend. Wild yeast fermentation, no fining, no filtration.

Auction Year: 2019

De Trafford Perspective 2017 (750ml bottles)

The best new French oak barrels of our Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from our Mont Fleur vineyard 393m above sea level were selected. After a year, the barrels were blended into a single old 700 litre barrel and matured for a further nine months. Twothirds were bottled especially for the Guild Auction and the balance added to our Elevation 393 blend. Wild yeast fermentation, no fining, no filtration.

Auction Year: 2019

De Trafford Chenin Blanc Reserve 2017

The grapes are produced by top quality, low yielding clones SN220 and SN24 from an 11-year-old, meticulously managed Keermont vineyard. This is a single, 225 litre barrel of Chenin Blanc that took nearly a year to complete its natural ferment and turned out exceptionallywell. We nurtured the wine for a further 9 months in the same barrel before bottling by
hand, unfiltered as usual.

Auction Year: 2019

De Trafford Perspective 2015 (1.5 Litre Bottles)

The best Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels were selected from our Mont Fleur
vineyard at an average elevation of 393m above sea level. At around nine months the
three barrels spent the summer in a single 700 litre barrel before spending the winter
back in three new 225 litre French oak barrels. The best two barrels were bottled in spring
after about 21 months and the other included in our Elevation 393 blend. Wild yeast
fermentation, no fining, no filtration.

Auction Year: 2017

De Trafford Perspective 2015 (750ml)

The best Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels were selected from our Mont Fleur vineyard
at an average elevation of 393m above sea level. At around nine months the three barrels
spent the summer in a single 700 litre barrel before spending the winter back in three new
225 litre French oak barrels. The best two barrels were bottled in spring after about 21
months and the other included in our Elevation 393 blend. Wild yeast fermentation, no
fining, no filtration.

Auction Year: 2017

Sijnn Wines /awa 2014 (1.5L Bottles)

Both the Syrah and Mourvèdre were naturally fermented in open top tanks after which
they were pressed in a traditional basket press. Vinified separately, the Syrah was drained
into a new French oak barrel where it spent one year before being blended with the
Mourvèdre in a 400 litre barrel, for a further nine months of ageing.

Auction Year: 2016

Sijnn Wines /awa 2014

Both the Syrah and Mourvèdre were naturally fermented in open top tanks after which
they were pressed in a traditional basket press. Vinified separately, the Syrah was drained
into a new French oak barrel where it spent one year before being blended with the
Mourvèdre in a 400 litre barrel, for a further nine months of ageing.

Auction Year: 2016

De Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (1.5L bottles)

A selection of two new barrels. One from our neighbours Keermont and one from our Mont
Fleur vineyard. Both on decomposed granite mountain slopes. Natural yeast fermented,
like all our wines, in open top tanks. Blended after one year and matured for a further nine
months in second fill barrels. Bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered, on the property.

Auction Year: 2015

De Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (750ml Bottles)

A selection of two new barrels. One from our neighbours Keermont and one from our Mont
Fleur vineyard. Both on decomposed granite mountain slopes. Natural yeast fermented,
like all our wines, in open top tanks. Blended after one year and matured for a further nine
months in second fill barrels. Bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered, on the property.

Auction Year: 2015

Sijnn !uri 2014

Viognier performs particularly well on the schist and puddingstone soils of Malgas, but it
is not an easy variety on its own. Blended with our best rich and ripe Chenin and some
exciting Roussanne. All barrel fermented in 400 litre French oak barrels for 10 months, 50%
new. Pressed in a traditional basket press, natural yeast fermented and bottled unfiltered.

Auction Year: 2015

De Trafford Perspective 2012

The best Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon new oak barrels selected from our Mont Fleur vineyard 400 metres above sea level. After 1 year the selected barrels were blended in a second fill 700 litre oak barrel and matured for another 9 months. Tasting Notes: Plummy Merlot character shows at first on the nose, followed by a creamy red berry and dusty-cherry character. This echoes on the palate with ripe berry fruit followed by spicy cherry flavours and elegant, dry, soft tannins and a long finish.

Auction Year: 2014

De Trafford Merlot 2009

A single, new oak barrel selected from Merlot from our Mont Fleur vineyard 400 metres above sea level. This wine spent its second year in a second fill barrel. Tasting Notes: Rich, lively, true red colour. Fruitcake, blackberry and plum nose envelops a fine cedary oak and chalky, charcoal component. Firm, dusty tannins carry the rich fruit nicely on the palate.

Auction Year: 2014

Sijnn Syrah 2011 (1.5 litre bottles)

A selection of three old 225 litre barrels from a particularly low yielding (approximately 2 tons/hectare) section of bush vines on pure shale and slate 'soil'. The wine was natural yeast fermented and matured in old barrels for 20 months. Bottled unfiltered. Tasting Notes: 2011 was a great vintage at Malgas. Dense, red berry and dark cherry fruit with damp slate, salty renosterbos and a subtle white pepper nose. A long, dry, complex palate with many years ahead.

Auction Year: 2013

Sijnn Syrah 2011 (750 ml bottles)

A selection of three old 225 litre barrels from a particularly low yielding (approximately 2 tons/hectare) section of bush vines on pure shale and slate 'soil'. The wine was natural yeast fermented and matured in old barrels for 20 months. Bottled unfiltered. Tasting Notes: 2011 was a great vintage at Malgas. Dense, red berry and dark cherry fruit with damp slate, salty renosterbos and a subtle white pepper nose. A long, dry, complex palate with many years ahead.

Auction Year: 2013

De Trafford Perspective 2009

The grapes are from our carefully managed Mont Fleur vineyard around 400 metres above sea level, between the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains. Steep, decomposed granite soils. Planted in 1994 with narrow 2 metre rows and a high planting density of 5000 vines/ hectare. Open top fermentation with indigenous yeast, including a pre and post fermentation maceration. A total of 14 days on skins. Drained into new small French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 20 months maturation before bottling unfiltered. No fining. Tasting Notes: 2009 is a great vintage with exceptional ageing potential. Still obviously young, but showing intense, complex fruit and serious, fine tannins. 100% new oak nicely integrated on the palate with a long finish. Should develop well for many years.

Auction Year: 2012

De Trafford Syrah 2009

The grapes are from a single clone 470 from a new section planted in 2002 on our Mont Fleur vineyard 400 metres above sea level. Steep, strong granite based soils on small terraces on narrow 1.8 metre wide rows and a high vine density ensuring a maximum 1.2kg/vine. A single 225 litre new French oak barrel (Boutes Grand Reserve) was selected and the wine matured in it for nearly 3 years before being bottled unfiltered with no fining. Tasting Notes: The fruit of this exceptional vintage and vineyard is cloaked in a fine new oak wrapping that will unfold in time to showcase the inherent beauty. Almost a Cabernet-like structure on the palate.

Auction Year: 2012

De Trafford Sijnn Touriga Nacional 2009

100% Touriga Nacional This 5 year old bush vine vineyard on gently sloping slate, about 70 metres above the banks of the Breede River, produced a mere 2 tons / hectare. Picked in the early morning and transported to Stellenbosch in a cool truck. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation followed sorting, crushing and de-stemming. Time on skins was 9 days, with skins punched down 2 to 3 times a day. Single pressing in traditional basket press and malolactic fermentation in barrels. We used 2 new 225 litre barrels for the first year and a single 400 litre old barrel in the second year of maturation. Time in barrel was 22 months. The wine was bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered. Tasting note: Attractive medium deep red colour and an attractive dry finish. A truly unique wine from the exciting new ward, Malgas. Slate, wild fruits, herbs and a spicy leafiness on the nose. Barrel maturation character evident, but not specific oak flavours. Soft, though quietly substantial palate with a nice texture, excellent complexity and an attractive dry finish. This wine needs 3 to 4 years to evolve and should last a lot longer.

Auction Year: 2011

De Trafford Perspective 2008 (750ml bottles)

Cabernet Franc 50%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25% The grapes are from our carefully manicured Mont Fleur vineyard 400m above sea level, between the Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountains. Planted in 1994 with narrow 2m rows and a high planting density of 5000 vines/hectare. Open-top fermentation in a small tank, two days pre-fermentation soak, fermentation with indigenous yeast and four days post-fermentation maceration. A total of 14 days on skins. Drained into new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 20 months maturation before bottling unfiltered. No fining. Tasting note: Still obviously very youthful, but showing some attractive fruit and soft fine tannins. 100% new oak nicely integrated on the palate with a long finish. Complexity should develop with time. Drink this wine in 4 to 10 years.

Auction Year: 2011

De Trafford Perspective 2008 (375ml bottles)

Cabernet Franc 50%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25% The grapes are from our carefully manicured Mont Fleur vineyard 400m above sea level, between the Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountains. Planted in 1994 with narrow 2m rows and a high planting density of 5000 vines/hectare. Open-top fermentation in a small tank, two days pre-fermentation soak, fermentation with indigenous yeast and four days post-fermentation maceration. A total of 14 days on skins. Drained into new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 20 months maturation before bottling unfiltered. No fining. Tasting note: Still obviously very youthful, but showing some attractive fruit and soft fine tannins. 100% new oak nicely integrated on the palate with a long finish. Complexity should develop with time. Drink this wine in 4 to 10 years.

Auction Year: 2011

De Trafford Perspective 2007 (750ml)

Winemaking Notes The grapes are from our carefully manicured Mont Fleur vineyard 400m above sea level, between the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains. Planted in 1994 with narrow 2m rows and a high planting density of 5000 vines/ha. Open-top fermentation took place in a small tank, two days pre-fermentation soak, fermentation with indigenous yeast and four days post-fermentation maceration. Total 14 days on skins. Drained into new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 20 months maturation before bottling unfiltered. No fining. Tasting Notes Still quite closed and very youthful, but showing density and hidden complexity. Fine, firm tannins with integrated fruit lingering on the palate with a long finish.

Auction Year: 2009

De Trafford Perspective 2007 (375ml)

Winemaking Notes The grapes are from our carefully manicured Mont Fleur vineyard 400m above sea level, between the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains. Planted in 1994 with narrow 2m rows and a high planting density of 5000 vines/ha. Open-top fermentation took place in a small tank, two days pre-fermentation soak, fermentation with indigenous yeast and four days post-fermentation maceration. Total 14 days on skins. Drained into new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 20 months maturation before bottling unfiltered. No fining. Tasting Notes Still quite closed and very youthful, but showing density and hidden complexity. Fine, firm tannins with integrated fruit lingering on the palate with a long finish.

Auction Year: 2009

De Trafford Perspective 2005

34% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon One third each: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. This Auction wine is a selection of a single best barrel of each variety from our small 3 hectare Mont Fleur vineyard, 380 metres up between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg Mountains. The soil is a deep red Hutton with an ideal combination of good drainage and good moisture retention. The vines are planted to a relatively high density of 5000 vines / ha ensuring that each vine does not produce much more than 1kg. Matured for 23 months in new French oak and bottled without fining or filtration. Tasting note: The perfectly ripe fruit shows in the deep colour and intense, complex nose. A rich, powerful wine with a long fine tannin finish.

Auction Year: 2008

De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2003

A selection of two of our best barrels. 1 new 400 Litre French oak from VVB Cooper in the Loire and the other older 225 Litre barrel - natural fermentation after 4 hours skin contact and traditional basket pressing. No malolactic fermentation, 10 months in barrels. Bottled unfiltered after light bentonite fining. 70 cases were sold at the 2005 Auction. Tasting Notes Attractive yellow colour. Toasty oak and smoky, mineral character with underlying dried peach nose. Big, full palate with white peach flavours and leesy richness.

Auction Year: 2007

De Trafford Perspective 2004

The grapes are from our carefully manicured Mont Fleur vineyard 400m above sea level, between the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains. Planted in 1994 with narrow 2 m rows and a high planting density of 5000 vines per hectare. Open top fermentation in a small tank, 2 days pre-fermentation soak, fermentation with indigenous yeasts and four days post fermentation maceration. Total 14 days on skins. Maximum temperature 29 degrees C for the Cabernet Franc and 31 degrees C for the Merlot. Drained into new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 20 months maturation before bottling unfiltered. No fining. Tasting Note: Complex cranberry, smoke, dust and a touch of earth on nose. Fine, firm, grippy tannins with integrated fruit lingering on the palate at the end of a long, dry finish.

Auction Year: 2006

De Trafford Perspective 2003

Grapes from our carefully manicured Mont Fleur vineyard 400m above sea level, between the Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountains. Open top fermentation in a small tank, 3 days pre fermentation soak, fermentation with indigenous yeasts and four days post fermentation maceration. Total 16 days on skins. Maximum temperature 29 degrees C. Drained to new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 20 months maturation before bottling unfiltered. No fining. Tasting Note: Complex, spicy fruit and oak entwined with cranberry nuances. Purity of fruit and spicy, dusty oak on the palate persists on the long dry finish.

Auction Year: 2005

De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2003

A selection of two of our best barrels from the two vineyards - neighbouring Keermont and Post House closer to False Bay. One new 400 litre new French oak from VVB cooper in the Loire and the other an older 225 litre barrel. Natural fermentation after 4 hours skin contact and traditional basket pressing. No malolactic fermentation, 10 months in barrels. Bottled unfiltered after light bentonite fining. Tasting Note: Pale yellow colour. Toasty oak and a smoky, mineral character with underlying dried peach nose. Big, full palate with white peach flavours and leesy richness.

Auction Year: 2005

De Trafford Perspective 2002

33% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc One third each: cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon. This auction wine is a selection of the single best barrel of each variety from our small 3ha Mont Fleur vineyard, 380m up between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains. The soil is a deep red Hutton with an ideal combination of good drainage and good moisture retention. The vines are planted to a relatively high density of 5000 vines / ha ensuring that each vine does not produce much more than 1kg. Matured for 18 months in new French oak. Tasting note: The perfectly ripe fruit shows in the deep colour and intense, complex nose. Rich, powerful wine with a long granular tannin finish.

Auction Year: 2004

De Trafford 2000

The perfectly ripe fruit shows in the deep colour and intense, complex nose. Rich, opulent with a long, soft tannin finish.

Auction Year: 2002