91 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
Saturated ruby. Very pure aromas of blackberry, licorice and spices. Juicy, suave and pure, with the dark berry flavors framed and lifted by violet and mineral notes. Atypically more French than New World in style for a De Trafford wine. This silky, complete wine finishes with building fruit and very sweet tannins, and has plenty of structure for aging.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About South Africa
South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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