Great wines come from marginal terroirs and rugged sites and the unique stony and poor soils of Malgas offer just such a milieu. It is here that David Trafford and…

Great wines come from marginal terroirs and rugged sites and the unique stony and poor soils of Malgas offer just such a milieu. It is here that David Trafford and his team are producing the Sijnn wines from a plateau of slate and rolled stones that are reminiscent of the ‘galets’ found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The recent vintages have rightly received excellent ratings from Wine Spectator and offer exciting drinking.

True to their pioneering spirit, Sijnn is South Africa’s only producer of Trincadeira (Tinta Amarela) – a Portuguese variety that is described as something of a heartbreak grape like Pinot Noir. With the aptly-named Off-Centre 2012, David has bottled a unique blend of Trincadeira and Mourvèdre. Fresh acidity mingles with crunchy red fruit and a powdery, spicy earthiness. Beautiful with food but wonderfully intriguing on its own, Off-Centre is an ethereal yet powerful wine with only 12.5% alcohol.

This is an extremely limited offer (6 bottles per order) on a wine that captures the quirky spirit and soul of this special site.

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Tasting notes

Sijnn Off-Centre 2012
A blend of 66.6% Trincadeira and 33.3% Mourvèdre. Light ruby with a dark garnet core, ripe meaty top notes (possibly from the Mourvèdre) follow to crushed red fruits, light spice and elegant Rhône-like ‘garrigue’. The meaty core ads weight, whilst the floral perfume offers charm. The wine has a delicious white-pepper edge, with bright freshness balancing the broad yet focussed palate. Wonderfully complex, this wine offers real intrigue. Drink now – 2022. – James Pietersen

Sijnn Syrah 2012
Well-packed, with a charcoal frame around the intense blueberry, blackberry and plum pâte de fruit flavors, creating a contrast in texture. A roasted apple wood note holds the finish. Still a bit primal, so let this mellow in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2020. – Wine Spectator

Sijnn Red 2010
This has good range, with blueberry, loganberry and blackberry fruit pumping along, lined with texture-enhancing charcoal and roasted alder notes. Shows lots of briary grip through the finish, revealing a buried iron accent. Let this settle in the cellar for a bit. Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira. Best from 2015 through 2020. – Wine Spectator

Sijnn White 2013
Lifted floral notes, soft earthy aromas and ripe stone fruit follow to a textured palate, deftly framed by soft structure. The purity of fruit integrates with fine oak nuances and leads to a sumptuous and mineral end. Drink now – 2020. – James Pietersen

Sijnn Touriga Nacional 2012
Features polished blackberry, plum and blueberry fruit, with enticing grilled herb and tobacco notes and a flicker of iron. The elements are all melded together, carrying through the racy finish. Distinctive and lovely. Drink now through 2018. – Wine Spectator

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