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Sijnn White

An exciting new vineyard between the tiny hamlet of Malagas 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. The wines were previously made by the De Trafford team in Stellenbosch, but a winery has been built at the vineyard in time for the 2015 harvest.
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Sijnn White 2015

tasting-notes

CHENIN BLANC 74%; VIOGNIER 23%; ROUSSANNE 3%

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. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 10 and 5 year old vines. Mostly 2 clones of Chenin Blanc on drought resistant rootstocks – R99; Rug.140 and R110. Viognier included and our second crop of Roussanne. Yield: 5 ton/ha (25 hℓ/ha) Chenin & 3 tons /ha (15hl/ha) Viognier & Roussanne.

VINTAGE

An excellent growing season with no problems. Our earliest harvest to date and very hot weather at the beginning of the ripening season. A modest crop of great intensity.

PRODUCTION

Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings, to avoid any damaging and transported back to Stellenbosch. Further sorting in Stellenbosch and gentle crushing and 2 hrs cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press. The Viognier is pressed as quickly as possible and very lightly so as to avoid excessive phenolics. Barrel fermented in 225L; 400L and 700L French oak barrels, about 15% new for 10 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 9/01/2016 Production: 693 x12 x 750ml; 59 x 1,5L; 12 x 3L

TASTING NOTES

Bright yellow colour. The Viognier was particularly good in 2015 and we decided to include all of it in our flagship blend. This contributes to the greater richness of the vintage in general. Lovely forthcoming nose of peach pith, lemon curd and spiced honey and a little salty herbal character. Quite full and rich with enough spine to offer good maturation potential. Drink 2017 to 2022. Ideal with Zalto, Riedel or Spiegelau Burgundy glasses to really show off this richer vintage on its own or rich fish and seafood dishes.

ANALYSIS

Alc 14,06% SG 3,1g/ℓ TA 5,3 g/ℓ pH 3.43 VA0.60 SO₂ Free 12mg/ℓ & Total 89mg/ℓ

Sijnn White 2014

tasting-notes

CHENIN BLANC 82%; VIOGNIER 11%; ROUSSANNE 7%

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. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 9 and 4 year old vines. Mostly 2 clones of Chenin Blanc on drought resistant rootstocks – R99; Rug.140 and R110. Viognier included and our second crop of Roussanne. Yield: 5 ton/ha (25 hℓ/ha) Chenin & 3 tons /ha (15hl/ha) Viognier & Roussanne.
12% Chenin Blanc 2013 incl.

VINTAGE

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

Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings, to avoid any damaging and transported back to Stellenbosch. Further sorting in Stellenbosch and gentle crushing and 2 hrs cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press. The Viognier is pressed as quickly as possible and very lightly so as to avoid excessive phenolics. Barrel fermented in 225L; 400L and 700L French oak barrels, about 15% new for 10 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 12/1/15 Production: 543 x 12 x 750mℓ; 30 x 1,5L; 30 x 3L; 300 x 375ml

TASTING NOTES

Typical straw / yellow colour. An attractive pithy stone fruit, straw, honey and mineral nose of great complexity and subtlety. Palate shows a little less concentration than 2013, but wonderfully complex, layered flavours that linger on to a long finish. Drink 2015 to 2019.
Excellent with a wide range of food from fish, seafood, creamy poultry or as an aperitif.

ANALYSIS

Alc 13.80% SG 1,0g/ℓ TA 4,8 g/ℓ pH 3.63 VA0.55 SO₂ Free 16mg/ℓ & Total 98mg/ℓ

Sijnn White 2013


tasting-notes

Stephen Tanzer 90 & IPW Overall Winner
76% CHENIN BLANC; 20% VIOGNIER; 4% ROUSSANNE

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. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 8 year old vines. Mostly 2 clones of Chenin Blanc on drought resistant rootstocks – R99; Rug.140 and R110. Viognier included and our first decent crop of Roussanne. Yield: 5 ton/ha (25 hℓ/ha) Chenin & 3 tons /ha (15hl/ha) Viognier & Roussanne.

 

VINTAGE

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

Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings, to avoid any damaging and transported back to Stellenbosch. Further sorting in Stellenbosch and gentle crushing and 2 hrs cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press. The Viognier is pressed as quickly as possible and very lightly so as to avoid excessive phenolics. Barrel fermented in 225L; 400L and 700L French oak barrels, about 15% new for 10 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 6/ 2 /2014 Production: 555 x 12 x 750mℓ

 

TASTING NOTES

With each new vintage the wines are showing a real sense of place. An attractive straw / yellow colour. A lovely mineral, pithy stone fruit nose with a hint of honey & nutty complexity. Fresh, full textured palate with a little less richness than 2012, but with more mineral depth. Just starting to show itself and should develop beautifully over the next year or so. Best 2015 to 2020.
Excellent with a wide range of food from rich fish, seafood, creamy poultry or as an aperitif.

 

ANALYSIS

Alc. 14.11% SG 1,3 g/ℓ TA 5,4 g/ℓ pH 3,39 VA 0,75 g/ℓ SO₂ Free 27mg/ℓ & Total 122mg/ℓ
 

Sijnn White 2012


tasting-notes

Wine Spectator 93
84% CHENIN BLANC/16% VIOGNIER

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. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 7 year old vines. Mostly 2 clones of Chenin Blanc on drought resistant rootstocks – R99 and R110. Viognier included. Yield: 6 ton/ha (30 hℓ/ha)

 

VINTAGE

A good growing season with few problems. A slightly higher yield than usual, but still very modest compared to most high end wines. Harvest was quite early with cool conditions. Some mist and light rain during harvest, contributing to a more subtle, elegant white without losing concentration.

 

PRODUCTION

Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings, to avoid any damaging and transported back to Stellenbosch. Further sorting in Stellenbosch and gentle crushing and 2 hrs cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press. The Viognier is pressed as quickly as possible and very lightly so as to avoid excessive phenolics. Barrel fermented in 225L and 700L French oak barrels, about 20% new for 9 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 02/11/2012 Production: 563 x 12 x 750mℓ

 

TASTING NOTES

With each new vintage the wines are showing a real sense of place. This vintage is especially expressive at an early stage. An attractive pale yellow colour. A lovely mineral, apricot / peach nose with honey & nuts complementing. A rich and full palate with fresh fruit & all the other complex flavours carrying it to a long finish. Excellent with a wide range of food from rich fish, seafood, creamy poultry or as an aperitif. Should age well over 3 to 4 years.

 

ANALYSIS

Alc. 14,47% SG 2,4g/ℓ TA 5,1g/ℓ pH 3,49 VA 0.67 g/ℓ SO₂ Free 14 mg/ℓ & Total 70mg/ℓ

 

Sijnn White 2011


tasting-notes

 
73% CHENIN BLANC/27% VIOGNIER

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. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 6 year old vines. Mostly 2 clones of Chenin Blanc on drought resistant rootstocks – R99 and R110. Viognier included. Yield: 3 ton/ha (14 hℓ/ha)

 

VINTAGE

A good growing season with few problems. December was extremely windy causing some damage despite the great wind resistance of Chenin Blanc. The Viognier has such minimal growth that there wasn’t much to damage! Harvest was quite early with cool conditions. Some mist and light rain during harvest, contributing to a more subtle, elegant white without losing concentration.

 

PRODUCTION

Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings, to avoid any damaging and transported back to Stellenbosch. Further sorting in Stellenbosch and gentle crushing and 2 hrs cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press. The Viognier is pressed as quickly as possible and very lightly so as to avoid excessive phenolics. Barrel fermented in 225L and 700L French oak barrels, about 20% new for 9 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 11/11/2011 Production: 253 x 12 x 750mℓ

 

TASTING NOTES

With this vintage the wines are really starting to show some sense of place. An attractive pale yellow colour. Expect metallic peach, honey and nuts. A rich and full palate with fresh fruit carrying it to a long finish.

 

ANALYSIS

Alc. 14,22% SG 2,2g/ℓ TA 5,9g/ℓ pH 3,39 VA 0.50 g/ℓ SO₂ Free 11 mg/ℓ & Total 93mg/ℓ

 

Sijnn White 2010


tasting-notes

57% CHENIN BLANC/43% VIOGNIER

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. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 5 year old vines. Mostly 2 clones of Chenin Blanc on drought resistant rootstocks – R99 and R110. Viognier included. Yield: 2 ton/ha (9 hℓ/ha).

 

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

151mm rain during the growing season – slightly more than usual, but still pretty low. Typical dry, windy conditions meant tiny yields and moderate growth. Jan/Feb average max. 29°C, but hottest temp. recorded 33°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 in winter, before the growing season and again at veraison to assist the critical ripening process, otherwise the vines are left to fend for themselves and adapt to their environment. Harvest conditions dry with very clean, fresh fruit and mineral flavours in a little more restrained style.

 

PRODUCTION

Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings, to avoid any damaging and transported back to Stellenbosch. Further sorting in Stellenbosch and gentle crushing and 2 hrs cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press. Total of 7 X 225ℓ French oak barrels (of which 1 new – used for the ripest Viognier). Fermentation and maturation for 10 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 18/1/2011 Production: 159 x 12 x 750mℓ

 

TASTING NOTES

Attractive pale yellow colour. Rich, waxy, mineral nose with the Viognier shining through in a surprisingly elegant, almost racy way. More restrained than the previous 2009 vintage, despite the higher percentage Viognier. Palate also shows balance between waxy richness and racy minerality -driven more by terroir than high acidity.

 

ANALYSIS

Alc 14.77% SG 2.1g/ℓ TA 6.0g/ℓ pH 3.51 VA 0.53g/ℓ SO₂ Free 9mg/ℓ & Total 96mg/ℓ

 

Sijnn White 2009


tasting-notes

63 % CHENIN BLANC/37% VIOGNIER

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. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 4 year old vines. Mostly 2 clones of Chenin Blanc on drought resistant rootstocks – R99 and R110. Viognier included. Yield: 1 ton/ha (6 hℓ/ha)

 

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

Only 73mm rain during the growing season. 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. The evenings were a little cooler than 2007. Vines irrigated before growing season and again at veraison to assist the critical ripening process, otherwise the vines are left to fend for themselves and adapt to their environment. Light drizzle and early morning mist around harvest meant a little botrytis affected the Chenin in particular.

 

PRODUCTION

Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings, to avoid any damaging and transported back to Stellenbosch. Further sorting in Stellenbosch and gentle crushing and 2 hrs cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press. Total of 6 X 225ℓ French oak barrel of which 1 first filled French oak used for the ripest Viognier. Fermentation and maturation for 9 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 30/11/2009 Production: 137 x 12 x 750mℓ

 

ANALYSIS

Alc 15.05% SG 3.0g/ℓ TA 6.1g/ℓ pH 3.50 VA 0.59g/ℓ SO₂ Free 20mg/ℓ & Total 106mg/ℓ

Sijnn White 2008


tasting-notes

CHENIN BLANC 100%

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. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 3 year old vines. Mostly 2 clones of Chenin Blanc on drought resistant rootstocks – R99 and R110. A tiny amount Viognier included. Yield: 1 ton/ha (6 hℓ/ha)

 

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

Only 73mm rain during the growing season. 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. The evenings were a little cooler than 2007. Vines irrigated before growing season and again at veraison to assist the critical ripening process, otherwise the vines are left to fend for themselves and adapt to their environment. Light drizzle and early morning mist around harvest meant a little botrytis affected the Chenin in particular.

 

PRODUCTION

Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings, to avoid any damaging and transported back to Stellenbosch. Further sorting in Stellenbosch and gentle crushing and 2 hrs cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press. Just enough juice for a single 225ℓ second filled French oak barrel. Fermentation and maturation for 7 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 08/10/2008 Production: 24 x 12 x 750mℓ

 

ANALYSIS

Alc 13.77% SG 2.0g/ℓ TA 5.8g/ℓ pH 3.62 VA 0.76g/ℓ SO₂ Free 4mg/ℓ & Total 81mg/ℓ