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Tim James: Grape variety of the year

I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to [...]

December 23, 2014
by Tim James
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Sijnn 2010

Sijnn near the settlement of Malgas on the banks of the Breede River some three hours’ drive from Cape Town is about a remote a wine farm as I have ever visited (see images here). It sees David Trafford of De Trafford in Stellenbosch and partners attempting to push the envelope – they have chosen [...]

April 24, 2014
by Christian
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Sijnn Syrah 2011

Sijnn has maximum geek appeal. Vineyards planted in Malgas near the mouth of the Breede river, the soils 85% stone on a subsoil of slate, the climate warm and dry (350mm annual rainfall compared to about 700mm in Stellenbosch) but tempered by constant sea breezes. Oh, and the winemaker the acclaimed David Trafford of De [...]

February 28, 2014
by Christian
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Sijnn 2009

To describe the red blend under the Sijnn label from vineyards situated between Malgas and Cape Infanta as “exotic” is something of an understatement. The current-release 2009, for instance, is a blend of 46% Shiraz, 29% Mourvèdre, 13% Touriga Nacional, 6% Trincadeira and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Made by co-owner David Trafford at the De Trafford [...]

February 5, 2013
by Christian
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Sijnn 2008

Sijnn is the original Khoisan word for the Breede River. How precisely to pronounce it is moot, but co-owner David Trafford is happy if you say it like you would the more famous Seine that runs through Paris. It’s the name of Trafford’s vineyard situated between the hamlet of Malagas and the fishing village of [...]

January 29, 2012
by Christian
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De Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon vertical

Yesterday a tasting of the 1993, 1996 and 2000 through 2009 vintages of De Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is situated on Mont Fleur farm up against the slopes of the Helderberg mountains between Stellenbosch and Somerset West and though the property is 200ha in size, only 5ha is under vineyard. When it comes to [...]

September 15, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments
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