Beguiling – an overused term describing wines with radically deep and hauntingly complex flavours. No other word better describes the 1st edition of the non-vintage Sijnn Free Reign however. I was rendered speechless when I tasted David Trafford’s multi-vintage blend from Malgas. It is one of the most exciting and delicious South African wines I have ever tasted.
Admittedly, I was a sceptical. David described how it was inspired by the legendary wine Vega Sicilia Único Reserva Especial. ‘I soon realised the tremendous concentration we were getting from our Sijnn vineyards and the prolonged barrel potential,’ noted David. After producing long-ageing, concentrated wines for almost 3 decades in Stellenbosch, I should never have doubted his Free Reign! David has absolutely nailed it and is taking his ground-breaking Malgas project to the next level.
The blend of 3 vintages has deepened the nose, compounded the complexity and dialled up the length. The very best Syrah and Touriga Nacional from 2009, 2010 and 2011 were blended together and finally reached a 900ℓ barrel for maturation. The wines involved received a Platter’s 5-star, a 93 from Wine Spectator and a CWG call-up.
Don’t just take my word for it. Buy a bottle and discover this utterly beguiling, magical wine from Malgas. Available in 1, 3 and 6-bottle wooden gift cases.
Sijnn, Free Reign 1st Edition NV – R 800
There is very little colour evolution for a wine of approximately 8 years old; even showing a purple hue. The nose is just magic – opening to grilled porcini, aged jamón, blueberry pie, dried herbs and wet earth. Beguiling, haunting, thrilling, wow! The palate is concentrated and fresh but doesn’t show sweetness, oak or any sort of oxidation. The tannins melt seamlessly into the black-fruited palate along with an underlying savoury, olive, meaty sumptuousness and an almost salty finish. It is ridiculously delicious and long. It would be hard to place this wine blind; it’s just pure vinous joy. If you are looking for a score, why not, I am at 102 points on this! Drink now to 2040. – Roland Peens (May 2018)