The red wines of De Trafford in Stellenbosch are usually pretty close to the red zone in terms of weight and power but the Syrah 393 2011 is off the scale. Juice underwent spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasted 22 months in French oak, 50% new, the final wine clocking in at 16.17% alcohol.
On the nose, notes of malt, earth, tar and liquorice as well as blue and black fruit and a little spice. The palate, meanwhile, has great depth of flavour but the texture is thick and syrupy recalling balsamic vinegar. There’s a sweetness to the wine although it is not completely without tannic grip while the finish is hot. It was rated 96 points by James Molesworth of American publication Wine Spectator, the highest score ever awarded to a South African wine but for me it was a world apart and impossible to score. Wine Cellar price: R295 per 375ml bottle.
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