Sijnn White
2009 Blend


Vineyard: 60 - 70m. above sea level, relatively warm & dry climate moderated with constant sea breezes
Soil Type: Complex stony soils
Vine Age: 5 year old bush vines
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date:
Yield: 1 t/ha


Only 73mm rain during the growing season. Typical dry windy conditions meant tiny yields and moderate growth. January & February average maximum temperatures 26°Celsius, but 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.
The evenings were a little cooler than 2007. The vines were 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.

Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kilogram flat trays in the cool mornings, to avoid any damaging and transported back to the Stellenbosch cellar (3 hours drive from Malgas). Further sorting in Stellenbosch and gentle crushing and 2 hours cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press.
Total of 6 X 225 litre French oak barrel produced, 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.
This is a blend of 63% Chenin Blanc and 37% Viognier.

Tasting Notes:


Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 15.05
RS (g/l): 3
TA (g/l): 6.1
pH: 3.5