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Saignee

Perched on a plateau of slate and rolled stones, about 15km from the southern oceans of Africa. Our first vintage in our new winery at Malgas, near the mouth of the Breede River – called Sijnn by the original Khoisan inhabitants. Wine of Origin Malgas, we are effectively a “Monopole” in the greater Cape South Coast region.

The French term, bleed off, referring to the process of draining some juice off the skins.

Sijnn Saignee 2011

SIJNN SAIGNEE 2016

MOURVEDRE 50 %; SYRAH 25%; TRINCADEIRA 25%

VINEYARD

The complex stony soils, together with a warm dry climate (350mm Rainfall) moderated by constant sea breezes provides an ideal terroir to produce something unique. Most of the soils have round pudding stones in the top 600mm or so, with weathered schist in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour from the 10 and 11 year old vines.
Yield: 3,5 ton/ha (25hℓ/ha)

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

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 and we couldn’t afford to bleed off much juice, so we also picked a small amount a little earlier, specifically for the Saignee.

PRODUCTION

Handpicked and carefully sorted in small crates in the cool mornings. Destemmed and gently crushing directly into small open top tanks, including some 700ℓ wooden vats. Drained off the skins (saignee) a day or two later at about the time spontaneous natural fermentation starts. Fermentation and further maturation in 225ℓ oak barrels for 9 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 22/11/2016
Production: 90 x 12 x 750mℓ

TASTING NOTES

Very light red colour with a russet hue. (Like a dark rose’ or light Pinot Noir)
Beguiling savoury nose with complex red berry flavours, with forest floor and flint aspects. Palate light and soft on texture, but loaded with complex barrel fermented flavours and a long grainy, refreshingly dry finish. Versatile food wine. Excellent with light curry dishes, especially fish, chicken or vegetable with moderate heat / spice. Serve slightly chilled (between a red and white wine temperature) Best between 2019 and 2021.

ANALYSIS

Alc. 13,59% SG 2,3g/ℓ TA 5,1 g/ℓ pH 3,64 VA 0,84g/ℓ SO₂ Free 16 mg/ℓ & Total 71mg/ℓ


SIJNN SAIGNEE 2015

MOURVEDRE 33 %; SYRAH 34%; TRINCADEIRA 33%

VINEYARD

The complex stony soils, together with a warm dry climate (350mm Rainfall) moderated by constant sea breezes provides an ideal terroir to produce something unique. Most of the soils have round pudding stones in the top 600mm or so, with weathered schist in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour from the 9 and 10 year old vines.
Yield: 4 ton/ha (29hℓ/ha)

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

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 and we couldn’t afford to bleed off much juice, so we also picked a small amount a little earlier, specifically for the Saignee.

PRODUCTION

Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings. Destemmed and gently crushing directly into small open top tanks, including some 700ℓ wooden vats. Drained off the skins (saignee) a day or two later at about the time spontaneous natural fermentation starts. Fermentation and further maturation in 225ℓ oak barrels for 9 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 3/2/2016
Production: 135 x 12 x 750mℓ

TASTING NOTES

Attractive light color with slight red onion skin. Complex with floral aspects and a hint of savory red wine flavours & a red fruit nose. Full, silky light red wine like texture on the palate. Flavours of red berries and Macadamia nuts on the palate. Excellent with delicate curries and other spicy food as well as with red meat on a hot day – if you don’t feel like a heavy red wine. Serve slightly chilled, between a white and red serving temperature. Drink 2017 to 2020.

ANALYSIS

Alc. 13,45% SG 1,9g/ℓ TA 5,0 g/ℓ pH 3,60 VA 0,65g/ℓ SO₂ Free 7 mg/ℓ & Total 85mg/ℓ


SIJNN SAIGNEE 2014

MOURVEDRE 60 %; SYRAH 20%; TOURIGA NACIONAL 20%

VINEYARD

The complex stony soils, together with a warm dry climate (350mm Rainfall) moderated by constant sea breezes provides an ideal terroir to produce something unique. Most of the soils have round pudding stones in the top 600mm or so, with weathered schist in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour from the 8 and 9 year old vines.
Yield: 4 ton/ha (29hℓ/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

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 98% destemming and gentle crushing directly into small open top tanks, including some 700ℓ wooden vats. Drained off the skins a day or two later at about the time spontaneous natural fermentation starts. Fermentation and further maturation in 225ℓ oak barrels for 9 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 15/12/2014
Production: 103 x 12 x 750mℓ

TASTING NOTES

Attractive light color with slight red onion skin. Complex with floral aspects and a hint of savory red wine flavours & a red fruit nose. Full, silky light red wine like texture on the palate. Flavours of red berries and Macadamia nuts on the palate. Excellent with delicate curries and other spicy food as well as with red meat on a hot day – if you don’t feel like a heavy red wine. Serve slightly chilled, between a white and red serving temperature.

ANALYSIS

Alc. 14,29% SG 2,0g/ℓ TA 5,0 g/ℓ pH 3,61 VA 0,70 g/ℓ SO₂ Free 10mg/ℓ & Total 55mg/ℓ


SIJNN SAIGNEE 2013

MOURVEDRE 42 %; SYRAH 37%; TRINCADEIRA 21%

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. Most of the soils have round pudding stones in the top 600mm or so, with weathered schist in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour from the 7 year old vines.
Yield: 3.4 ton/ha (20hℓ/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

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 98% destemming and gentle crushing directly into small open top tanks, including some 700ℓ wooden vats. Drained off the skins a day or two later at about the time spontaneous natural fermentation starts. Fermentation and further maturation in 225ℓ oak barrels for 9 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered.
Bottling date: 24/2/2014
Production: 107 x 12 x 750mℓ

TASTING NOTES

Pale red onion skin colour. (More of a light Pinot than a Rosè) Complex rose petal & red fruit nose. Full, silky light red wine like texture on the palate. Flavours of red berries and Macadamia nuts on the palate. Excellent with delicate curries and other spicy food as well as with red meat on a hot day – if you don’t feel like a heavy red wine. Serve slightly chilled, between a white and red serving temperature.

ANALYSIS

Alc. 13,55% SG 1,5g/ℓ TA 5,0 g/ℓ pH 3,50 VA 0,82 g/ℓ SO₂ Free 20mg/ℓ & Total 93mg/ℓ


SIJNN SAIGNEE 2011

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. Most of the soils have about 600mm round pudding stones on the surface with weathered shale or slate in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 6 year old vines. MOURVEDRE 43%; TRINCADEIRA 29%; SHIRAZ 28%
Yield: 3.4 ton/ha (20hℓ/ha)

 

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

A good growing season with few problems. Harvest was quite early with cool conditions. Some mist and light rain during harvest which is reasonably typical, but in 2011 caused no problems.
Our best vintage 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 98% destemming and gentle crushing directly into small open top tanks, including some 700ℓ wooden vats. Drained off the skins a day or two later at about the time spontaneous natural fermentation starts. Fermentation and further maturation in 225ℓ oak barrels for 9 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 16/11/11
Production: 155 x 12 x 750mℓ

 

TASTING NOTES

Pale red onion skin. (More of a light Pinot than a Rosè) Complex rose petal & red fruit nose. Full, silky light red wine like texture on the palate. Flavours of red berries and Macadamia nuts on the palate. Excellent with delicate curries and other spicy food as well as with ref meat on a hot day – if you don’t feel like a heavy red wine.

 

ANALYSIS

Alc 13.55% SG 1,6g/ℓ TA 4.2g/ℓ pH 3.59 VA 0.46g/ℓ SO₂ Free 19 mg/ℓ & Total 79 mg/ℓ

 


SIJNN ROSÉ 2010

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. Most of the soils have about 600mm round pudding stones on the surface with weathered shale or slate in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 6 year old vines. MOURVEDRE 40%; TRINCADEIRA 16%; SHIRAZ 44% Yield: 3 ton/ha (18 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 lighter style to 2009.

 

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 98% destemming and gentle crushing directly into small open top tanks, including some 700ℓ wooden vats. Drained off the skins a day or two later at about the time spontaneous natural fermentation starts. Fermentation and further maturation in 225ℓ oak barrels for 9 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 24/11/10 Production: 115 x 12 x 750mℓ

 

TASTING NOTES

Attractive pale red to pink colour with onion skin hue. Complex Pinot Noir like nose of dusty strawberries and spice. Fresh red wine flavours on the palate, while retaining more of a white wine feel and texture on the palate with just a little soft tannic grip throughout. Ideal and extremely versatile food wine.

 

ANALYSIS

Alc 12.98% SG 1,7g/ℓ TA 4.8g/ℓ pH 3.67 VA 0.65g/ℓ SO₂ Free 6 mg/ℓ & Total 72 mg/ℓ

 


SIJNN ROSÉ 2009

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. Most of the soils have about 600mm round pudding stones on the surface with weathered shale or slate in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 5 & 6 year old vines. MOURVEDRE 35%; TRINCADEIRA 35%; SHIRAZ 30% 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 and adapt to their environment. Light drizzle and early morning mist around harvest meant a little botrytis, which had to be painstakingly removed.

 

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 98% destemming and gentle crushing directly into small open top tanks, including some 700ℓ wooden vats. Drained off the skins a day or two later at about the time spontaneous natural fermentation starts. Fermentation and further maturation in 225ℓ oak barrels for 10 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 07/12/2009 Production: 90 x 12 x 750mℓ

 

TASTING NOTES

Pale red with onion skin tinge – like a very pale Pinot Noir rather than a typical bright rosé colour. Dusty ripe strawberries and attractive herbaceous character on the nose. Quite complex and intriguing earthiness. Soft attractive palate with lingering complexity. Again more of a light barrel matured red rather than a typical Rosé. May well improve, but as this is the second vintage, we have no track record and cannot recommend keeping for more than two or three years. Serve slightly chilled, but not too cold.

 

ANALYSIS

Alc 14.03% SG 2.4g/ℓ TA 5.6g/ℓ pH 3.60 VA 0.56g/ℓ SO₂ Free 20mg/ℓ & Total 83mg/ℓ

 


SIJNN ROSÉ 2008

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. Most of the soils have about 600mm round pudding stones on the surface with weathered shale or slate in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 3 & 4 year old vines. MOURVEDRE 64%; SHIRAZ 32%; TRINCADEIRA 4% Yield: 2 ton/ha (12 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, which had to be painstakingly removed.

 

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 98% destemming and gentle crushing directly into small open top tanks, including some 700ℓ wooden vats. Drained off the skins a day or two later at about the time spontaneous natural fermentation starts. Fermentation and further maturation in 225ℓ oak barrels for 7 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered. Bottling date: 08/10/2008 Production: 67 x 12 x 750mℓ

 

TASTING NOTES

Pale red with onion skin tinge – like a very pale Pinot Noir rather than a typical bright rosé colour. Dusty ripe strawberries and attractive herbaceous character on the nose. Quite complex and intriguing earthiness. Soft attractive palate with lingering complexity. Again more of a light barrel matured red rather than a typical Rosé. May well improve, but as this is our maiden vintage, we have no track record and cannot recommend keeping for more than a year or two. Serve slightly chilled.

 

ANALYSIS

Alc 13.96% SG 3.1g/ℓ TA 4.7g/ℓ pH 3.66 VA 0.62g/ℓ SO₂ Free 7mg/ℓ & Total 84mg/ℓ