Sijnn Low Profile
2012 Blend


Vineyard: Malgas, bush vines, very low yields & vigor.
Soil Type: Pudding stones on the surface with weathered schist in the subsoil.
Vine Age: 7 and 8 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date:
Yield: 4t/ha or 29hl/ha.


Sijnn is pronounced like the River 'Seine' or 'Sane'.
An extreme vineyard in the exciting new Malgas ward, between the hamlet of Malagas and Cape Infanta, at the mouth of the Breede River. Sijnn is the original Khoisan name of the Breede River. Perched on a plateau of schist and rolled stones, about 15km from the southern oceans of Africa. The 2012 vintage was made by the De Trafford team in Stellenbosch, a few hours drive away. A winery at the vineyard, designed by David Trafford, was completed in 2014.
“Low Profile” refers to the 200 profile holes de Trafford dug to determine the best sites to plant the vines back in 2003, as well as the modest approach to all that de Trafford winery does. It is a selection of the softer, earlier drinking barrels.
The 2012 Low Profile is a blend of 50% Syrah, 28% Mourvedre,15% Touriga Nacional and 7% Trincadeira.
The complex stony soils, together with a warm dry climate (350mm) moderated by constant sea breezes provides an ideal terroir to produce something unique. Most of the soils have about 600mm 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 vigor, from the 7 & 8 year old vines. This selection was mostly from the lower lying vineyards with slightly more loamy, weathered schist soils.
A good growing season with few problems. A slightly higher yield allowed for making a bit more Low Profile than usual, but still very modest yield compared to most high end wines. Harvest was relatively early with cool conditions. Some mist and light rain during harvest contributed to a softer, more subtle wine, without losing complexity.
Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings and transported back to Stellenbosch in a small refrigerated truck. Destemming and gentle crushing directly into small open top tanks and oak vats. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation. Five to seven days on the skins, with caps of the skins punched down (pigeage) two to three times a day. Single pressing in traditional basket press and malolactic fermentation in barrels. Maturation in older French oak barrels for 18 months, with several rackings to gradually clarify the wine. The wine was bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Attractive medium deep red color.
Nose: Juicy, spicy nose of wild fruits and slate.
Palate: Rich and juicy, with soft tannins to provide a nicely textured palate with an easy, dry finish.
Other: Low Profile should improve with age, recommend drinking within 5 to 6 years.
Perfect to enjoy with a typical South African braai or BBQ.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.83
RS (g/l): 1.6
TA (g/l): 5.2
pH: 3.71