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De Trafford Straw Wine 2006

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Self-taught winemaker and former architect David Trafford's small but stellar production is regularly cited as being among the Cape's very best. David's winemaking philosophy is deceptively simple: to make the best possible wine he can whilst retaining a sense of place. To do this he embraces Stellenbosch's warm, sunny climate and rich, clay soils, noting that his vines are not planted on "the shagged out alluvial plains of the Medoc with their miserable climate". The wines tend to agree with him. They have rich fruit and a juicy ripeness but they are crisply pressed and structured too. His ability to blend New World innovation and Old World methodology can perhaps be best seen in his sweet Straw Wine, which has quickly become one of the Cape's most fiercely sought after wines. The grapes for this wine were picked at optimum ripeness and laid out on straw drying racks in 70% shade for 3 weeks. This allows the grapes to concentrate sugars, acids and flavours. An attractive yellow gold colour, this 'Vin de Paille' (Straw Wine) has great intensity fusing a lime/lemon character together with the usual dried apricot, nuts, honey and buttered toast of this wine. The palate is intensely sweet yet not cloying, fresh and lively yet richly oxidative with a long clean and complex finish. Is delicious with good patés, biscotti and various hard cheeses; a rewarding challenge to match with desserts.

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De Trafford:
De Trafford Winery is situated on the beautiful Mont Fleur farm set at the top of a dramatic valley above Stellenbosch, 380m up between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains, right at the end of the Blaauwklip road, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The history of wine growing on this mountain farm started with the purchase of the property in 1976 by the Trafford family as inaccessib... Read more
De Trafford Winery is situated on the beautiful Mont Fleur farm set at the top of a dramatic valley above Stellenbosch, 380m up between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains, right at the end of the Blaauwklip road, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The history of wine growing on this mountain farm started with the purchase of the property in 1976 by the Trafford family as inaccessible grazing land. Many of the high altitude slopes were deemed suitable for high quality red grape varieties. Unfortunately, due to the absurd quota restrictions, planting a commercial vineyard had to wait 18 years. In 1983 a small vineyard was established to produce experimental wines - consumed by family and friends! These were our learning curve years ( 1984 - 1991 ), which included lots of help and advice from local winemakers and working experience in France, particularly in the Bordeaux area. Read less

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Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/07/2010

De Trafford Straw Wine 2006 (0,375L): Hier haben wir ein Beispiel für einen wundervollen Dessertwein aus Südafrika mit viel Potential. Im Glas leuchtet er Goldgelb. Sein Bukett zeichnet sich durch einen unwahrscheinlich komplexen Duft von Marzipan und gerösteten Mandeln aus. Nach dem Entkorken entfalten sich verlockende Aromen von getrockneten Aprikosen. Am Gaumen bestätigt sich das Versprechen, eine feine Süße entfaltet sich an der Zungenspitze, worauf hin sich das komplexe Aromenspiel von Marzipan, Honig und Aprikosen spüren lässt. Die frische Säure bewirkt ein wunderbares Süße-Säure-Spiel und das lange Finale ist nahezu unvergesslich. Wir empfehlen ihn zu Fruchtdesserts, Blauschimmelkäse oder Leber Patés.    Weingut: De TraffordRegion: StellenboschRebsorte: Chenin BlancInhalt:  0,375 lAlkoholgehalt: 12,5 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 6,25 g/lRestsüße: 180 g/lAuszeichnungen:4,5 Platter Stars Süßwein > Südafrika > Stellenbosch



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Self-taught winemaker and former architect David Trafford's small but stellar production is regularly cited as being among the Cape's very best. David's winemaking philosophy is deceptively simple: to make the best possible wine he can whilst retaining a sense of place. To do this he embraces Stellenbosch's warm, sunny climate and rich, clay soils, noting that his vines are not planted on "the shagged out alluvial plains of the Medoc with their miserable climate". The wines tend to agree with him. They have rich fruit and a juicy ripeness but they are crisply pressed and structured too. His ability to blend New World innovation and Old World methodology can perhaps be best seen in his sweet Straw Wine, which has quickly become one of the Cape's most fiercely sought after wines. The grapes for this wine were picked at optimum ripeness and laid out on straw drying racks in 70% shade for 3 weeks. This allows the grapes to concentrate sugars, acids and flavours. An attractive yellow gold colour, this 'Vin de Paille' (Straw Wine) has great intensity fusing a lime/lemon character together with the usual dried apricot, nuts, honey and buttered toast of this wine. The palate is intensely sweet yet not cloying, fresh and lively yet richly oxidative with a long clean and complex finish. Is delicious with good patés, biscotti and various hard cheeses; a rewarding challenge to match with desserts.

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