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Sijnn White
2012 Blend


Vineyard: Bush vines, on a plateau.
Soil Type: Slate and pudding stones, complex stony soils, similar to Chateauneuf du Pape.
Vine Age: 7 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date:
Yield: 6 t/ha or 30 hl/ha.


Sijnn is pronounced ‘Sane’ or like the River ‘Seine’.
Sijnn is an exciting new vineyard between the tiny hamlet of Malagas and Cape Infanta, at the mouth of the Breede River – called Sijnn by the original Khoisan inhabitants. Perched on a plateau of slate and rolled stones, about 15km from the southern oceans of Africa. The wines are currently made by the De Trafford team in Stellenbosch. The new appellation 'Malgas' was created for Sijnn, it is the first and only vineyard in this area.

The complex stony soils, together with a warm dry climate (350mm) moderated by constant sea breezes provides an ideal terroir to produce something unique. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigor, from the 7 year old vines. Mostly 2 clones of Chenin Blanc on drought resistant rootstocks – R99 and R110. Viognier included.

A good growing season with few problems. A slightly higher yield than usual, but still very modest compared to most high end wines. Harvest was quite early with cool conditions. Some mist and light rain during harvest, contributing to a more subtle, elegant white without losing concentration.

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 gentle crushing and 2 hours long cold soak before pressing in traditional basket press. The Viognier is pressed as quickly as possible and very lightly so as to avoid excessive phenolic. Barrel fermented in 225 liters and 700 liters French oak barrels, about 20% new for 9 months. Lightly fined with bentonite (natural clay) and bottled by hand unfiltered.

Tasting Notes:

Color: An attractive pale yellow color.
Nose: A lovely mineral, apricot and peach on the nose with honey & nuts complementing.
Palate: A rich and full palate with fresh fruit & all the other complex flavors carrying it to a long finish.
Other: With each new vintage the wines are showing a real sense of place. This vintage is especially expressive at an early stage. Excellent with a wide range of food from rich fish, seafood, creamy poultry or as an aperitif. Should age well over 3 to 4 years.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.47
RS (g/l): 2.4
TA (g/l): 5.1
pH: 3.49