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Shiraz

An exciting new vineyard between the tiny hamlet of Malgas and Cape Infanta, at the mouth of the Breede River – called Sijnn by the original Khoisan inhabitants. Perched on a plateau of slate and rolled stones, about 15km from the southern oceans of Africa. At this stage there are no other vineyards within a 40 km radius, the closest being those inland around Swellendam and along the coast of Elim. The new Malgas ward has been formed for this wine and those that follow.

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SIJNN SYRAH 2014


tasting-notes

VINEYARD

The complex stony soils, together with a warm dry climate (350mm) moderated by constant sea breezes provides an ideal terroir to produce something unique. The soils are typically 85% stone, with about 600mm deep round, pudding stones on the surface with schist in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 9 & 10 year old vines.
Yield: 3,5 tons/ha (25 hℓ/ha)

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

An interesting growing season with substantial rain (110mm) in November, which increased berry size and growth. Usually a problem, but in the poor soils and otherwise dry, windy conditions of Malgas, not such a bad thing. We needed to be a little more vigilant with fungal sprays immediately after the rain, but otherwise no real problems. Practically no irrigation needed in 2014, as we had a further 60mm rain mid- January, during veraison – an ideal time. Harvest conditions were excellent with no further rain and mild conditions with only one day in February over 30°C. Our biggest crop yet – though still averaging less than 4 tons/ha! A charming, earlier drinking vintage.

PRODUCTION

Picked in the early morning and transported to Stellenbosch in a cool truck. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation followed sorting, crushing and destemming. Time on skins was 9 days, with skins punched down 2 to 3 times a day. Single pressing in traditional basket press and malolactic fermentation in barrels. Time in barrel was 20 months. Initially 225L and later 700L. Bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered. Bottling Date: 6/10/2015
Total Production: 130 x 12 x 750ml

TASTING NOTES

Medium deep ruby colour. Chalky, slate like fennel and wild red berry nose. Hints of pepper. Palate full, though quite restrained with ripe red berry and slate like fennel character. Soft but substantial texture with wonderful peacock tail like array of flavours on the finish. Youthful, but drinking well. Best between 2017 & 2024. Ideal in a Spiegelau Burgundy glass or similar with rich pasta, mushroom risotto and subtle red meat dishes.

ANALYSIS

Alc. 14,25% RS 1,8g/l TA 5,5 pH 3,72 VA 0,69 SO2 20mg/L free & 66mg/L total

SIJNN SYRAH 2013


tasting-notes

VINEYARD

The complex stony soils, together with a warm dry climate (350mm) moderated by constant sea breezes provides an ideal terroir to produce something unique. The soils are typically 85% stone, with about 600mm deep round, pudding stones on the surface with schist in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 8 & 9 year old vines.
Yield: 3 ton/ha (20 hℓ/ha)

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

A good growing season with few problems. An outstanding harvest without the damaging winds experienced in Stellenbosch. A modest crop in good balance for all varieties. Perhaps the best vintage from Malgas yet.

PRODUCTION

Picked in the early morning and transported to Stellenbosch in a cool truck. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation followed sorting, crushing and destemming. Time on skins was 9 days, with skins punched down 2 to 3 times a day. Single pressing in traditional basket press and malolactic fermentation in barrels. Time in barrel was 22 months. Bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered. Bottling Date: 12/12/2014
Total Production: 258 x 12 x 750mℓ; 75 x 1,5L; 32 x 6 x 375ml

TASTING NOTES

Medium deep pure red colour. Fresh wild red berries and spice on the nose with hints of mineral, slate like and liquorice aspects. Fine and complex. Soft, but firm tannins that melt in the mouth, giving way to the red berry fruit, spice and mineral complexity on the clean, polished finish. Drink 2016 to 2025. Has enough zest to go with rich pasta, mushroom risotto and subtle red meat dishes.

ANALYSIS

Alc 14.22% Sugar 2.0g/ℓ TA 5.5g/ℓ pH 3.66 VA0.89 SO2 15free & 75total ppm

SIJNN SYRAH 2012


tasting-notes

93 Wine Spectator

VINEYARD

The complex stony soils, together with a warm dry climate (350mm) moderated by constant sea breezes provides an ideal terroir to produce something unique. The soils are typically 85% stone, with about 600mm deep round, pudding stones on the surface with schist in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 7 & 8 year old vines.
Yield: 3,7 ton/ha (22 hℓ/ha)

 

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

A good growing season with few problems. The typical dry windy conditions were interrupted with a little more rain than usual, helping with excellent moderate growth. A slightly higher yield than usual, 3,7 tons/ha is still very modest compared to most international high end wines. Harvest was quite early with cool conditions. Some mist and light rain during harvest, contributing to a more subtle, elegant syrah without losing concentration
Vines irrigated in winter, just before the growing season and again at veraison to assist the critical ripening process, otherwise the vines are left to fend for themselves.
Harvest Date: 13 / 02 /12 – 22 / 02 / 12 @ 21.8 to 25°B

 

PRODUCTION

Picked in the early morning and transported to Stellenbosch in a cool truck. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation followed sorting, crushing and destemming. Time on skins was 9 days, with skins punched down 2 to 3 times a day. Single pressing in traditional basket press and malolactic fermentation in barrels. Time in barrel was 22 months. Bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered. Bottling Date: 21/12/2012
Total Production: 210 x 12 x 750mℓ; 12 x 1,5L; 3 x 3L

 

TASTING NOTES

Attractive deep red, youthful colour. Subtle slate and red berry fruit on the nose. Quite restrained, but very attractive. Also quite restrained on the palate with gentle sweet fruit, pepper and spice. Soft, silky textured palate with a long fine finish. Drink now to 2020. Has enough zest to go with rich pasta, mushroom risotto and subtle red meat dishes.

 

ANALYSIS

Alc 14.38% Sugar 1.6g/ℓ TA 5.2g/ℓ pH 3.61 VA 0.68 SO2 18free & 56total ppm

 

SIJNN SYRAH 2011


tasting-notes 

5 Star Platter Guide

VINEYARD

The complex stony soils, together with a warm dry climate (350mm) moderated by constant sea breezes provides an ideal terroir to produce something unique. The soils are typically 85% stone, with about 600mm deep round, pudding stones on the surface with schist in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 6 & 7 year old vines.
Yield: 2 ton/ha (12 hℓ/ha)

 

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

Typical dry windy conditions meant tiny yields and moderate growth. Jan/Feb average max. 26°C, but very few days over 30°C. Usually the max. temp. is reached before midday and it is a little cooler in the afternoon due to the strong sea breezes. Vines irrigated before growing season and again at veraison to assist the critical ripening process, otherwise the vines are left to fend for themselves.
Harvest Date: 10 / 02 /11 @ 23°B

 

PRODUCTION

Picked in the early morning and transported to Stellenbosch in a cool truck. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation followed sorting, crushing and destemming. Time on skins was 9 days, with skins punched down 2 to 3 times a day. Single pressing in traditional basket press and malolactic fermentation in barrels. Time in barrel was 22 months. Bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered. Bottling Date: 27/11/2012
Total Production: 143 x 12 x 750mℓ

 

TASTING NOTES

Attractive deep red, youthful colour. Subtle slate and red fruit on the nose. Quite restrained, but very attractive. Firm, but soft and quite a fine texture. Also quite restrained on the palate but with a long fine finish promising great development over at least 4 or 5 years. Has enough zest to go with a rich pasta dish, mushroom risotto and subtle red meat dishes.

 

ANALYSIS

Alc 13.94% Sugar 1.6g/ℓ TA 5.3g/ℓ pH 3.64 VA 0.70 SO2 21free & 64total ppm