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Sijnn Syrah 2011

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In-Sijnn in the membrane.
In-Sijnn in the membrane.

Sijnn has maximum geek appeal. Vineyards planted in Malgas near the mouth of the Breede river, the soils 85% stone on a subsoil of slate, the climate warm and dry (350mm annual rainfall compared to about 700mm in Stellenbosch) but tempered by constant sea breezes. Oh, and the winemaker the acclaimed David Trafford of De Trafford.

The Syrah 2011 (R214 a bottle from The Vineyard in Stellenbosch) did the business in the current edition of Platter’s with a rating of 5 Stars. It underwent a spontaneous fermentation and was matured for 22 months in French oak, none new. Alc 13.94%, RS 1.6g/l, TA 5.3g/l and pH 3.64.

The nose is curiously subdued but entirely appealing – hints of red and black fruit plus an elusive floral note. In contrast, impressively forceful on the palate  – great fruit concentration and properly ripe tannins which lend the wine shape and form without be at all mouth-puckering. It’s really well put together but a bit imposing right now. Drink from 2016 onwards.

Score: 92/100.

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