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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 (about 4%) on the skins to add a greater phenolic (tannin) component to compliment the structure of the wine.

We also included a little Viognier (4%) which further pushes the wine towards a White Rhone like Chenin Blanc. Of course, I think it’s great and a clear expression of the vintage. In addition, instead of a painting, an image of one of Rita’s exciting new hand printed scarf collection has been used for the label.


De Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
It’s a little cheeky for us to be releasing such a young Cabernet Sauvignon, but 2013 was such a small harvest and this 2014 is delicious. Yes, it will benefit from many years, but as 2014 is a lighter, softer vintage, and it’s already drinking well now.


De Trafford Elevation 393 2011
Our flagship blend from the vineyard around our home at 393m above sea level. A big, rich, ripe and intense vintage with mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% each Merlot and Syrah. A selec