November 6, 2017

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.


November 3, 2017

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...

October 3, 2017

Our Perspective 2015 came under the hammer recently at the annual CWG Auction and although prices were generally down, our average selling price was R1190 per bottle – one of the top performing wines. As a 67% Merlot wine it shows what can be done with the varietal on...

September 14, 2017

We're pleased to share our recent scores by acclaimed UK wine writer and critic, Tim Atkin, who has quite rightly become increasingly enthusiastic about South African wines.

90 De Trafford Cabernet Franc 2013
91 De Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
92 De Trafford Merlot...

September 1, 2017


We only produce our De Trafford CWG Perspective specifically for the Auction in the best years and if we're really happy with the wine. This year we have the Perspective 2015 on the auction after  leaving out the 2013 and...

August 24, 2017

It's quite seldom that we have all our wines available at the same time and to celebrate this, we'll be showing off them off together with different vertical tastings at the new Southern Guild Gallery in the trendy Silo District in the Cape Town Waterfront. Join us for...

August 22, 2017

We're delighted to release the first of our 2015 red wines:

De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2015
This wine has become so popular since it was the Platter Wine of the Year three years ago with the 2012 vintage. The 2015 is a really serious, complex wine, yet still drinking...

June 27, 2017


De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2016
The 2016 is quite a stylistic departure due to the extreme weather conditions. One of the hottest, driest and certainly the earliest we’ve experienced. Acidities were lower than usual and we thus fermented a small portion (abou...

February 20, 2017

It’s been an unusual ‘hurry up & wait’ start to harvest 2017. Initially it looked as if it would be almost as early as 2016, the earliest harvest on record, and then some rain came… 68mm in 3 hours on Friday morning 27 January. Very unusual, but welcome in what has bee...

December 9, 2016

After more than 15 years of being open on Friday & Saturday mornings, we’re changing our tasting arrangements slightly. We will no longer be open for tastings on Friday mornings, but will offer private tastings throughout the week. Private tastings are bookable on our...

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