Sijnn new releases

By , 16 January 2019

Sijnn Red 2011 and 2015

Changing things up.

Sijnn, the project begun by David Trafford of De Trafford and partners in Malgas, has released dual vintages of its top-end red blend, the 2011 and 2015, along with the 2017 of the white blend. There has also been a label design change, the new version depicting the stone winery.

Sijnn White 2017
Price: R280
84% Chenin Blanc, 13% Viognier and 3% Roussanne. Matured for 11 months in 400- and 700-litre barrels, 11% new. Citrus, stone fruit and quince, some waxy character and a little struck-match reduction on the nose. Rich and layered with punchy acidity (alcohol: 13.6%). Lovely proportions – weighty but not too much so. A dramatic wine.

Editor’s rating: 93/100.

Sijnn Red 2011
Price: R250
From 52% Syrah, 19% Touriga Nacional, 17% Mourvèdre, 17% Trincadeira and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Matured for 22 months in French oak, 20% new. Red fruit, dried herbs and spice plus a hint of maltiness. Medium bodied (alcohol: 13.74%) with bright acidity and nicely grippy tannins.

Editor’s rating: 92/100.

Sijnn Red 2015
Price: R350
First vintage to made on site by Charla Haasbroek. 47% Syrah, 19% Touriga Nacional, 19% Trincadeira, 8% Mourvèdre and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Matured for 22 months in French oak, 20% new. The nose shows red and black fruit, liqourice, malt, spice and a certain inkiness. The palate is flavourful and compelling – not too full bodied (alcohol:  14.16%) with bright acidity and tannins that are already quite mellow. Constantly draws you back to the glass.

Editor’s rating: 92/100.

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