De Trafford, Elevation 393 750ml 2012

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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Their flagship wine, a selection of the best barrels from their home vineyard at 393m above sea level. Instead of a plan of the winery on the label, they have an elevation drawing of their home in the middle of the vineyard.

Usually the core of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon which is in the middle of the vineyard. Followed by Merlot, from the richer clay soil at the bottom of the vineyard & Syrah, at the highest and steepest section. Usually, but not always, we add a little Cabernet Franc which adds a little spice and fine herbaceous character.

The aim of our Elevation is to express this remarkable site to the full and accentuate the character of each vintage, rather than a more homogeneous style.

Tasting notes:
'The 2012 Elevation "393" is a blend of 32% Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc, 100% destemmed and matured for 23 months in 100% new French oak. It has a tightly wound bouquet of blackberry, briar, mint and light menthol scents that gradually unfurl in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, quite structured and masculine in style, the Syrah component lending the flesh but the Cabernet Franc (the highest ever used) contributing spiciness toward the finish. It just feels a little conservative, missing the brightness and verve that I have found in other vintages of the "393.".' – Neal Martin,, 89/100
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Bottle Size750ml
CountrySouth Africa
Drink ToLong-term cellar
ProducerDe Trafford
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AG: Antonio Galloni of  |  AM: Allen Meadows of  |  CE: Christian Eedes of  |  DEC: Decanter  |  GS: Greg Sherwood MW  |  JR:  |  NM: Neal Martin of OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show  |  PG: Platter's Guide  |  TA: Tim Atkin MW  |  WA: Wine Advocate  |  WE: Wine Enthusiast  |  WS: Wine Spectator