2019 Sijnn White

Malgas, South Africa

Chenin Blanc blend from little known region South African region Malgas. A captivating wine and a rare discovery. Chenin lovers don't miss this.



I think it’s important for anyone who appreciates the efforts that go into making wine to try and track down a few bottles of Sijnn. There are few projects that epitomize such a soulful, pioneering approach to winemaking.

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

About The Wine

Predominantly Chenin Blanc this stunningly vibrant white sings with mouth-watering acidity cleverly layered with slatey minerality, pear skin grip and a touch of honeyed richness. It's complex, mineral, fragrant, refreshing, and supple, everything you could wish for in a white wine.

Malgas is a largely undiscovered corner of South Africa but Charla Haasbroek is certainly making her mark, this is a great example of her talent and a wine that we would urge anyone with an interest in the great wine stories of the world to try.

About Sijnn

Sijnn (pronounced Senn) was born when David and Rita Trafford visited Malgas in 2000 and found an isolated and undiscovered wine region bursting with potential. Malgas is just 15km inland from the Indian Ocean and, whilst the climate is warm, the temperatures are reliably cooled by sea breezes. Combine this with poor soils of alluvial shales you can see what attracted the Traffords to this stunning spot.

The vineyards are planted to a variety of grapes with Chenin Blanc central to the whites whilst the reds revolve around Syrah and a selection of Portuguese varieties chosen to suit the Douro-esque soils.

Sijnn released their first wines in 2007 to great acclaim and have since welcomed Charla Haasbroek as winemaker. Charla is young, dynamic, and confidently taking the estate to even greater heights.

Discoveries like Sijnn are exciting, rare, and one of the great joys of wine.

Winemaker Charla Haasbroek in the Sijnn vineyards
Winemaker Charla Haasbroek in the Sijnn vineyards
Malgas, South Africa
Additional Info

From The Producer

A beautiful limpid gold colour in your glass. Caramelised pineapple, stony, savoury nose. A rich and full bodied flavour profile. A vibrant palate of honey and salted liquorice, peach pith, apple and pear skins and slate. Lovely minerality, enhancing the freshness and acidity of the wine. A good tannin structure coming from the slight skin contact. Hints of fennel and rosemary linger in the glass.

Blend : Chenin Blanc 84%, Viognier 14%, Roussanne (2%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Charla at work in her Malgas Winery
Charla at work in her Malgas Winery
Western Cape, South Africa
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"From Malgas, where Sijnn is currently the only producer as the region is newly established. Vines planted in 2007 to kick things off. It’s located on the Cape, about 200 kilometres east of Cape Town and a bit inland on the Malgas River. Chenin, and a bit of viognier and verdelho. Organic farmed.Beautiful aromas, wild honey kind of scents, a bit of oyster shell, some fennel, jasmine, sweet citrus. Really pretty but rich and fresh scent. Limey and fresh to taste, distinctly saline, ripe apple notes, faintly cashew nut savoury and piercing in its racy acidity and general sense of freshness. Layers of flavour, texture, detail. Wonderful expression."- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


"Unfiltered and unfined, this Chenin-led blend (with 14% Viognier, 2% Roussanne) takes you to its rocky vineyard home. Abundant aromas of fynbos, acacia blossom, sun-baked stones, yellow apples, peaches and salted lemon. The layered palate shows caramel richness, skin-contact grip and a pithy freshness that sculpts around honeyed pears, nougat and baked pineapple. An intense, salty mineral finish."- Malu Lambert (Decanter Magazine)


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