Sijnn Syrah
2011 Syrah


Vineyard: 60-70 meters above sea level exposed to sea breezes.
Soil Type: The soils are typically 85% stone, with about 600mm deep round, pudding stones on the surface with schist in the subsoil.
Vine Age: 6 & 7 year old bush vines.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 10 February 2011.
Yield: 2 t/ha.


Typical dry windy conditions meant tiny yields and moderate growth. January & February had an average maximum temperature of 26°Celsius, with very few days over 30°Celsius. Usually the maximum temperature 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.

Picked in the early morning when the temperature is still moderately low and transported to Stellenbosch (3 hours drive from Malgas) in a temperature controlled truck.

Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation followed sorting, crushing and de-stemming. Left on the skins over 9 days, with regular punch down. Pressed in traditional basket press where only free run juice was used. Malolactic fermentation was done in oak barrels. Aged in oak barrels over 22 months.

Bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered.

VIDEO: select the link below to watch David Trafford presenting the Sijnn Syrah 2011

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive deep red, youthful color.
Nose: Subtle slate and red fruit on the nose, seems shy at first but it is very attractive.
Palate: Firm, but soft and quite a fine texture. A bit restrained on the palate but with a long fine finish promising great development over at least 4 or 5 years.
Other: Has enough zest to go with a rich pasta dish, mushroom risotto and subtle red meat dishes.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.94
RS (g/l): 1.6
TA (g/l): 5.3
pH: 3.64