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Jancis Robinson rates our new vintages

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Earlier this month Charla traveled to the UK to attend the ‘New Wave’ tasting which was by all accounts a great success.

“New Wave South Africa could have been dubbed South Africa: The Next Generation, turning the spotlight predominantly on a new breed of young, exciting winemakers, keen to rip up the rulebook and make wines in very different styles.” – The buyer

Jancis Robinson and her team were among the crowd, here are their scores (out of 20):

Sijnn Red 2010

Syrah-based blend. Mid to deep crimson. Dark, withheld, dry, savoury and masses of potential but still so young! Chewy, meaty and complex but no hurry to drink this. Some fruit sweetness is just starting to escape the vault. GV (JH)
Drink 2020-2030
£25 RRP imported by Dreyfus Ashby

Sijnn Syrah 2014

Mid cherry red. Peppery and dark fruited, definitely Syrah not Shiraz. Oak shows a little on the palate but it has lovely dry, dark fruit lurking and not dominated by the oak at all. Dry, chewy and too young at the moment. (JH)
Drink 2019-2025
£25 RRP imported by Dreyfus Ashby

Sijnn White 2014
Just 15 km from the southern oceans. Chenin, Viognier, Roussanne. Fermented in big old barrels. Smells both rich and tangy. Ripe but bone dry and chalky. Really smart and sophisticated for the price. Mealy and with a sour-freshness on the long finish. Complex, long, definitely a wine of place. GV (JH)
Drink 2016-2020
£20 RRP imported by Dreyfus Ashby

Sijnn, Low Profile 2015

The baby brother of the main red, a blend based on Syrah but also with Touriga, Mourvèdre, Trincadeira and Cabernet (‘we had to put it somewhere’). There might be some new oak (to rinse it before it is used for the top wines) but mostly 300- and 500-litre barrels. Fresh, dark-red fruit. Delicious combination of complexity and youthful pzazz. Crunchy, fresh, a touch meaty, and long with firm, dry tannins. Nowhere near ready unless you have a steak to hand. (JH)
Drink 2019-2025
£20 RRP imported by Dreyfus Ashby

Sijnn Touriga Nacional 2014

Mid to deep garnet. Ripe, sweet and scented. Then the tannins are quite a shock after the aroma, which seemed sweet and spicy. The tannins are very firm, dry, but not aggressive, just really embryonic. There’s some oak sweetness and thickness to the texture, which needs to ease back but the whole is balanced for the long term. (JH)
Drink 2019-2029
£20 RRP imported by Dreyfus Ashby

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