Tim James: In praise of Portuguese varieties

  It’s just a trivial throw in the great game of “If” – but if the Cabo das Tormentas had been settled by Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias or other Portuguese explorers, instead of Jan van Riebeek for the Dutch, then our vineyards today (and much else!) might look somewhat different. Though I daresay […]

January 11, 2016
by Tim James
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Wine Cellar opens new tasting room

Wine Cellar, the Cape Town firm which brokers and cellars fine wine, used to conduct its tastings in an underground and, it must be said, slightly dingy room. Recently, however, this has changed. Space was found upstairs and interior design company Xperiencemakers were called in to lend a professional touch – the tasting room is […]

April 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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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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Best wines of 2010: CE’s choice

Below is a list of my 10 best wines for 2010. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking pleasure. Some are established benchmarks, others are relative newcomers that I think show the way forward. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2009 […]

December 6, 2010
by Christian
with 4 Comments
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