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2008 De Trafford Wines Elevation 393 Stellenbosch
Producer: De Trafford Wines
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa
91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013
(a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz and cabernet franc): Bright, dark red. Currant, minerals, truffle and smoky oak on the nose, with hints of coffee and game. Sweet and lush but cool, with intense, youthfully medicinal black cherry and mint flavors framed by well-integrated acidity and complicated by saline minerality. The long, rising, gripping finish shows the flinty, saline syrah component, which comprises 20% of the blend, along with notes of chocolate and herbs. Tannins are broad and sweet. A very successful blend.