Online-Only Auction, 16 - 23 August 2021

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R 2 345
Lot 481
De Trafford; Syrah 393; 2009; 2 (1 x 2); 750ml

Lot Estimate
R 2 400 - 3 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 2 345
Location
Item in Wine Storage

About this Item

Syrah 393, 2009
2 (1 x 2) 750ml
Wedged between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains, situated on the beautiful Mont Fleur farm, is the boutique De Trafford winery. The Trafford family purchased the land in 1976 and a small vineyard was in place by 1983.
Known for their powerful reds with graceful ageing properties, the iconic 393 Syrah is a selection of the best barrels with half coming from their steepest terraced section (planted in 2003) known as the Tip Top Mount Fleur. It boasts a very impressive track record with the US publication Wine Spectator, receiving another whopping 95 point rating with the 2009 vintage.

Critics Ratings

Loaded with blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors, this boasts accents of melted black licorice snap and roasted apple wood, delivering a long, charcoal-framed finish. Features range, depth and serious grip. Rock-solid and vivacious. Best from 2014 through 2022. 42 cases imported.’ – Wine Spectator (June 2013), 95/100

08 & previous listed as ‘Shiraz’. Natural balance best describes this vineyard, which includes full ripeness, but 09 offers more: espresso & smoky wiffs, Provençal herbs, the dark fruit’s freshness a counterpoint to the supple tannins. Slightly less concentration than seminal 08 (5*).’ – Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2012, 4.5*

The 2009 Syrah 393 is raised 50% in finely grained new French oak for 20 months. It has a vivacious, opulent bouquet of cassis, redcurrant jus and fresh fig that is well defined and opens nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with liquorice-infused black fruit and a touch of spice and sage towards the heady finish. This is an opulent, well-crafted, modern style of South African Syrah. Another set of superb wines from one of Stellenbosch's finest exponents: David Trafford (see also Sijnn.) These were mainly very well crafted, expressive of both varietal and place and should merit cellaring.’ Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (December 2012), 91/100

 

Provenance

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