Sijnn Bird Series Kingfisher
2015 Blend


Vineyard: An isolated vineyard, on a plateau, in the Malgas ward near the mouth of the Breede River.
Soil Type: Slate and rolled stones.
Vine Age: 9 and 10 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date:
Yield: 3 t/ha.


An isolated vineyard in the Malgas ward near 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. 2015 is the first harvest in the Sijnn new winery in the vineyard, as well as the first harvest for Sijnn talented young on site winemaker, Charla Haasbroek.
This is a blend of Syrah 42%, Touriga Nacional 23%, Mourvedre 17%, Trincadeira 12% and Cabernet Sauvignon 6%.
The complex stony soils, together with a warm, dry climate (350mm rain per year), moderated by constant sea breezes provide an ideal terroir to produce something unique. Most of the soils have about 60mm round pudding stones on the surface with weathered schist in the subsoil. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigour, from the 9 & 10 year old vines. This selection was mostly from the lower lying vineyards with slightly more loamy, weathered schist soils.
An excellent growing season with no problems. The earliest harvest to date and very hot weather at the beginning of the ripening season. A modest crop of great intensity.
Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small open top tanks and oak vats. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation. 5 to 7 days on the skins, with caps of the skins punched down (pigeage) 2 to 3 times a day. Single pressing in traditional basket press and malolactic fermentation in barrels. Maturation in older French oak barrels for 21 months, with several rackings to gradually clarify the wine. The wine was bottled by hand, un-fined and unfiltered.
361 cases made.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep red color.
Nose: The nose is quite intense with dusty slate, licorice and dark berry fruit along with some spice and savory notes.
Palate: Bold and rich on the palate with spices, black berries. Soft and juicy tannins and a long, complex aftertaste. Best between 2018 and 2025
Other: Will pair well with a rich stew, grilled steak, or a combination of meat and fruits such as lamb and apricots or duck and prunes.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.53
RS (g/l): 1.7
TA (g/l): 6.2
pH: 3.54