Sijnn Red 2017: 96-point, one-of-a-kind red

Sijnn Red 2017

96-point, one-of-a-kind red

Sijnn – David Trafford's pioneering Malgas project – has long been tantalising us with the potential of this rugged, raw terroir. The latest Sijnn Red delivers on that promise. It’s a wine like no other, with no reference point but itself.

The 2017 Sijnn Red (96 PG, 96 TA) is a blend of 67% Syrah, 14% Mourvèdre, 11% Touriga Nacional and 8% Trincadeira. It is rich, broad and flavourful, yet fresh with dried herbs, black olives and baking spices. A touch of earth, meaty depth and elegant tannins are all accentuated by its alluring acidity. The wine is seamless, sure-footed and a vision come true. It is really something special in this vintage.

One of Tim Atkin's 'Wines of the Year', scoring 96 points in his 2020 report, you can drink it now through to 2030 – and possibly longer.

Also made by Charla Bosman (Haasbroek), who has led the winemaking team since 2015, the Mediterranean-style 2019 Sijnn White is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Verdelho. Now well established as a great South African white, it offers notes of peach pith, ripe, red apples and juicy pear. The racy minerality and fresh salinity complement its textured mouthfeel.

Located along the Breede River, everything they do at Sijnn revolves around its unique location and terroir. They believe in natural farming and winemaking and focus their skills on blending varieties best suited to our climate.

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