by Juel Mahoney
Sijnn Wines is a new collaboration between winemaker Waldo Van Zyl, David Trafford and Simon Farr.
When Waldo recently visited Bibendum I asked him how David Trafford chose the vineyard site in this remote region of South Africa.
The vineyard is situated 2.5 hours drive east of Cape Town with no other vineyards within a 40 km radius, the closest being those inland around Swellendam and along the coast at Elim. Although it is very hot, Waldo explained how the vineyard benefits from being only 15kms from the ocean, the fresh ocean winds cool down what would otherwise be a very hot site.
After the video, we tasted the 2008 Sijnn Red, which is a blend of Shiraz, Mourvedre, Touriga Nacional and Trincardeira. Waldo explains the remote site inspired David Trafford to experiment with Portuguese grapes alongside the classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape varieties.
The red wine is very refined and not as big or extracted as I expected. A versatile wine with food, it can work equally well at the outdoor barbecue (or, traditional South African braai) although its elegance suggests it would be more at home in a white table cloth restaurant.