De Trafford, Blueprint Syrah 2018

De Trafford, Blueprint Syrah 2018

De Trafford, Blueprint Syrah 2018

56 in stock

De Trafford, Blueprint Syrah 2018


56 in stock


Tim Atkin

Tim Atkin is a UK-based Master of Wine (MW) and wine journalist with an international following.

SKU WC111130-2018 Category


Mostly from the neighbouring Keermont vineyard. A north east facing block. 20 yr old vines on a vertical trellis, clone SH9 on 101.14 rootstock. Soil deep red Hutton, medium potential, decomposed granite. Yield 6 tons / ha (39 hl/ha). The balance from two other Keermont blocks: “Steepside”, similar to the above hillside vineyard and “Sweetwater,” a stony alluvial soil that delivers a little lighter, but lovely aromatic aspect.


Another excellent vintage to follow 2017 after 2 years of drought. Winter started a bit late, but was cold enough to get dormancy off to a good start. Bud break started late as winter dragged on into September. The early growing season was windy with cold and wet periods leading to uneven flowering and berry set resulting in lower yields. The rest of the growing season was dry and hot followed by much cooler temperatures in February with especially cool nights. Disease pressure was very low and the late start to harvest we had healthy grapes with small bunches and small berries. Harvest a little later than usual with very little rain problems. Similar, elegant vintage to 2017 with a lower acidity and a little more fruit.


Handpicking into 20 kg crates. Destemming and lightly crushed directly into small open top fermentation tanks. 10% whole bunches included. Spontaneous fermentation @ max. 30deg. with the cap of skins punched down manually twice a day for an average of 16 days. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from basket press. Malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 20 months maturation in old barrels. Bottled by hand unfined (Vegan) and unfiltered.


Medium deep ruby red colour. An expressive nose of concentrated blueberries steeped in spices with a subtle hint of Eucalypt and fynbos (garrigues). Soft, but lively palate reveals a heap of delicious flavours that were suggested on the nose. Enough acidity and crunchy tannins to carry the wine to a long appealing finish. Drink now to 2030. Enjoy with a wide range of rich food. My favorite, roasted pork belly.


Alc. 14,18%

Sugar. 1,4g/l

TA 5,6g/l

pH 3,58

VA 0.71

SO2 10 free & 51 total

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