SIJNN is the original Khoisan name for the Breede River. This exciting new vineyard was established in 2004 on a stony plateau between the hamlet of Malagas and the fishing village of Cape Infanta, 230km east of Cape Town. The vineyards are 70m above the river, 25km from the mouth, but 15km from the sea as the crow flies.

The complex stony soils, comprising pudding stones over fractured shale, together with a warm dry climate (350mm) moderated by the constant sea breezes, encourages the vines to produce tiny yields of concentrated fruit with a fresh, complex mineral character. The focus has been on top quality Mediterranean varieties: Syrah, Mourvedre, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira as well as Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Roussanne for the White blend. Future plantings include Tempranillo, Nebbiolo and Grenache.

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