SIJNN 2009 Release

Sijnn 2009 Release : A Sublime Vintage from an Extreme Vineyard!

Sijnn label 2009

2009 is considered one of the great vintages in the Western Cape and it was no different at Malgas near the mouth of the Breede River. Now our 3rd vintage from this exciting, extreme vineyard of stones and more stones – round pudding stones on the surface and slate below. We feel the vines are really starting to mature and produce serious quality fruit, even at the tender age of five.


Sijnn syrah 2009 grapes

We have also got to understand and manage the vineyard a little better.

One of our key improvements was to tip very early – before flowering – to reduce wind damage. Standard practise of later tipping – during berry enlargement – encourages an increase in berry size and compact bunches.

The advantage of smaller berries and looser bunches shows in the 2009 with greater concentration and structure.The 2009 blend is 46% Syrah; 29% Mourvédre; 13% Touriga Nacional; 6% Trincadeira and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon.

We have tweaked the label a bit to better reflect the quality in the bottle. Hope you notice and of course, we welcome any feedback – both positive and negative.e have also got to understand and manage the vineyard a little better.


We decided to leave out two barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from our 2009 blend and offer a varietal wine of some distinction. A much lighter textured wine than our Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, expressing the stony soils and proximity to the sea.


We plan to have our 2012 Sijnn White and 2011 barrel fermented Rosé (renamed Saignée) ready for release in January 2013.

Kind regards,

David, Waldo and the Sijnn team.

About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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