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Sijnn Syrah
2014 Syrah


Vineyard: Located on a plateau in Malgas. All vines are grown as bush vines due to the exceptional low yield and vigor.
Soil Type: Base of schist with pudding stones on the surface.
Vine Age: 9 and 10 years old.
Irrigation: Lightly irrigated
Harvest Date:
Yield: 25 hl/ha.


An interesting growing season with substantial rain (110mm) in November, which increased berry size and growth. Usually a problem, but in the poor soils and otherwise dry, windy conditions of Malgas, not such a bad thing. Vigilance with fungal sprays immediately after the rain was required, but otherwise no real problems. Practically no irrigation needed in 2014, with a further 60mm rain mid-January, during veraison – an ideal time. Harvest conditions were excellent with no further rain and mild conditions with only one day in February over 30°Centigrade. The biggest crop yet – though still averaging less than 4 tons/ha! A charming, earlier drinking vintage.
Picked in the early morning and transported to Stellenbosch in a cool truck. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation followed sorting, crushing and destemming. Nine weeks on the skins, with skins punched down 2 to 3 times a day. Single pressing in a traditional basket press and malolactic fermentation in barrels. Aged in barrel over twenty months, initially 225 liters and later in 700 liters barrels. Bottled by hand, un-fined and un-filtered.
Total Production: 130 x 12 x 750ml

Tasting Notes:

Color: Medium deep ruby.
Nose: Chalky, slate like fennel and wild red berry with hints of pepper.
Palate: Bold, although relatively restrained with ripe red berry and slate like fennel character. Soft but substantial texture with wonderful peacock tail like array of flavors on the finish. Youthful, but drinking well.
Other: Pair with rich pasta, mushroom risotto and subtle red meat dishes.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.25
RS (g/l): 1.8
TA (g/l): 5.5
pH: 3.72