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Spring at Malgas: A visual diary

Spring is always an exciting, beautiful time with new shoots developing from the harsh rocky soils. There’s also a lot of work required to sucker, removing unwanted shoots. We avoid spraying any insecticides but spray for fungal diseases. Irrigate where necessary and keep weeds down to a minimum.

We’ve had a really dry Spring in Malgas. Our younger blocks of Chenin Blanc started budding rather early following a warmer & drier July, while the rest of the vineyard is slightly later than the last few years. Hopefully this will mean harvest 2019 will be a little more spread out, which always helps a bit!

We enjoy the wildlife at Malgas, especially the prolific birdlife – though some do take a portion of our crop, not this Clapper Lark with nest amongst our vines. Also pictured above is the smallest Angulate tortoise we’ve found.

Our poor old Massey Ferguson tractor finally packed up (after more than 30 years of navigating the rocky terroir it’s earned it’s retirement) and we’ve suddenly had to buy a new tractor. As a winery focused on blends, we went for a New Holland – an exceptional blend of Fiat & Ford!

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In the cellar we’ve started bottling our Low Profile 2017, while the flagship Red 2017 & White 2018 will be bottled before the harvest. We also labelled our new releases, Sijnn Red 2015 & Sijnn White 2017 but were not happy with the labeling contractors and had to finish the job by hand! We have a new appreciation for our reliable little wooden labeling machine.

We are very proud to be releasing our two flagship wines: Sijnn Red 2015 & Sijnn White 2017. In 2015 the vines were over 10 years old and settled into our remarkable Malgas terroir and we’ve built up a better understanding of how to manage each variety and block, both in the vineyard and the cellar. We decided to mark this transition with a new look label featuring the stony soils and winery.

Late October we hosted our first ever Sijnn Cycle Weekend and it was a great success. Guests were treated to great food & wine and a stunning scenic route of 65km and encouraged to enjoy the area and not race to the finish line. No prizes for first place here! We will definitely be making this an annual event and add a shorter, friendlier route option.

To celebrate the end of the year and in particular our new releases with our new look labels featuring the winery in the vineyard, we’re putting up a stretch tent on our front lawn for the week before Christmas. In addition we’ll be bringing wines of the world to Malgas and hoste a few tutored tastings: An Introduction to the Rhone Valley, an Introduction to the Douro & Some treasures from our 2017 Bordeaux trip. More details here.

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