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New Ratings: Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson MW has been writing about wine since 1975 and is responsible for many reference books on wine including the Oxford Companion to Wine and, with Hugh Johnson, The World Atlas of Wine. We received the following scores out of 20:

Sijnn 2010: 17
Malgas 42% Syrah, 27% Touriga Nacional, 27% Mourvedre, 10% Trincadeira, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.
I wonder why this wine is a) such an unusual blend and b) so old? Wonderfully spiced with sweet polished leather notes. I’m looking forward to trying it with the lamb curry about to be served. Good stuff! David Trafford and Simon Farr’s adventure. Thoroughly complete and satisfying. Spreads itself most satisfactorily across the palate. Chapeau!14.5% Drink 2014- 2020

Sijnn White 2014: 16.5
Malgas 82% Chenin Blanc, 11% Viognier, 7% Roussanne
Grown in an isolated spot near the coast far east of Cape Agulhas. Barrel fermented by David (De) Trafford. Deep honey gold. Super-tangy but with real breadth and richness. Extremely sophisticated wine with a beginning, middle and end. So long and reverberant. Limpid and savoury. Even slightly salty. Very smart indeed.14% Drink 2016-2019 £19.99 Red Squirrel Wine

Sijnn Syrah 2013: 16.5
Mid weight. The initial impact on the palate it quite savoury and then elements of milk chocolate and glacé cherries seep in. More transparent and fresher than the South African red norm with excellent depth on the finish. Serious wine.14% Drink 2015-2019

Sijnn Touriga Nacional 2013: 15.5
Mid blackish ruby. Sweet and not nearly as concentrated as a typical Douro example. Spice, leather but not quite enough focus. Tannins dominate fruit. 14% Drink 2015-2019

2 Responses to New Ratings: Jancis Robinson

  1. David Banford August 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    Bravo Charla, David and the team!

    Ageability is where, I think these wines will outperform, as they have the tannic backbone to improve for many years. As I am a fan of the added complexity one gets from aged wines, I am planning to leave my 2011 Sijnn Syrah from the CWG Auction for a while yet.What is your opinion of when they should start to reach optimum drinking? Greetings from St Emilion, where 2016 is improving after a wet spring and early summer. David

  2. sijnnuser August 29, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    Hi David.
    Thank you for your kind words. I have not had the CWG Syrah 2011 for some time so thanks for reminding me to open a bottle soon! It was however certainly more structured than our regular Syrah 2011 but I feel it won’t need more than 2-3 years to be at its best.
    Hope we see you at Malgas sometime this summer.
    Kind regards,
    David T.