This blog is somewhat of a photographic journey of an important new chapter for us – planting more vineyards. Our first vines were planted in 2004, a small selection of cultivars that was decided on after digging more than 200 profile holes and many hours of research. You can have a look at the vine comparison chart that we drew up in the process here, it’s very interesting, if you’re that way inclined!
With the vineyards now 12 years old and having received enough accolades & critical acclaim to give us the confidence to take the plunge, we’re planting a further 5 hectares in the stony soils in Malgas. Still the only winery in the ward of Malgas, we’ve had a lot of interest from friends in the industry and have even sold a bit of grapes to Duncan Savage that he used in his ‘Follow the line’ which sold out in no time. Charla also made her own wine this year from Malgas grapes, look out for her ‘Tapestry’ which will be out later this year.
We are currently planting Roussanne, Verdelho, Tempranillo, Grenache Noir and a bundle of Marsanne.
Planting a vineyard is rather a big job and our stony soils aren’t making it any easier. We’ve had to get specialist equipment in to help with the soil preparation which is key when planting. We farm mainly as dry-land and only irrigate when absolutely necessary. This video is of a trench being dug, one of many!
Working the land | after our first deep rip we are now cross ploughing the soils | oh, the smell of fresh soil makes you feel alive ?? A video posted by Sijnn Winery (@sijnnwines) on
Collecting our first vines at Vititec on 11 August. Roussanne and an experimental bundle of Marsanne. We’ll still plant Tempranillo, Grenache Noir and Verdelho this year. We’re waiting for Grenache Peluda, Petit Manseng and Assyrtiko, but it may be a few years before we get the plant material.
And here they are! The first Marsanne is in the ground. It will probably be another 2 weeks before buds appear and another 4 weeks to plant the rest of the vineyard. Can’t wait for our first vintage in 2019 – farming is not for the impatient.