Spring Newsletter

PLATTER RATINGS
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.

CAPE WINEMAKERS GUILD AUCTION
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 prime slopes of the Helderberg.

EMERGENCE 2017
Rita’s latest range of silk scarves are now available and can be viewed on her beautiful website or at the winery where we display a small selection.

She is also featured in the November edition of the Elle Decor which is currently on shelves. Rita posted a little preview on her Instagram.

MONT FLEUR MANOR HOUSE
A month ago my mom had to be moved from her home just above the winery (many a visitor has knocked on her door in search of the tasting room) to a frail care facility. She was known as the wine industry’s most elegant delivery lady, but also looked after our books for a large part of our existence. After 40 years on the property and with a deep love for her home and garden, it was a sad day indeed. We will be looking for suitable tenants to enjoy the furnished home and hope it will be one of our customers. Please contact us should you be interested in more information.

WINE & WILDEBEEST SAFARI 2018
We have only two spots left for our wildlife experience of a lifetime trip to Kenya next year. You can read more here. Please contact Daryl Balfour directly if you would like to secure a place.

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. Read the full blog here.

Kind regards,
David & team.

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