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Another Platter 5 star

The 2018 Platter Wine Guide was released on Friday evening. We’re delighted to confirm that we got 4 stars for our Merlot, 4½ stars for our Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 393, Elevation 393, Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, CWG Perspective and 5 stars for our Blueprint Syrah. The Blueprint is the least expensive of our permanent range and underlines the fact that every De Trafford wine is of stellar quality. These wines were all recently released so it’s great to be able to offer them for sale.

Adapting to drought

I’m often asked how we’re coping with the extreme drought the Western Cape has experienced over the last 2 years and the imminent water restrictions likely this summer. It’s not all doom & gloom on the slopes of the Stellenbosch & Helderberg mountains. We are a higher rainfall area with an average of 904mm per annum compared to around 700mm in most of Stellenbosch. Although we only received 53% our normal rainfall this winter, it was enough to fully saturate the soil ahead of bud break. It should be remembered that the water that fills the dams for cities and agriculture is essentially the excess water. Thankfully the environment soaks up its share first. We farm close to dry land, with an i

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