Crush – 100 South African Wines to drink now, #1 Sijnn Saignée 2016

Sijnn Saignée 2016

Reviving my two books on South African Wines, Crush – 100 South African Wines to drink now, I thought I would start posting a wine which I have tasted recently which I have enjoyed.  Or been blown away by.

Today I went to a tasting in Johannesburg. and one of the winery’s showing its wares was Sijnn in the Malgas Wine Appellation. Its wines being presented by the charming Charla Haasbroek Bosman. Charla joined Sijnn in December 2014 as Assistant Winemaker to David Trafford, who owns De Trafford Wines in Stellenbosch. She qualified in 2012 at the University of Stellenbosch and has worked harvests at Kanonkop and Tokara and managed the wine shop at Die Oude Bakerij in Stellenbosch, before working a harvest at Margerum in California.

Charla Haasbroek Bosman, Assistant Winemaker at Sijnn

She makes a mean dark Rosé coloured wine called Saignée. Saignée, is bleeding in French. The excess juice is drained off and Charla turns it into this stunning wine. The aromas are all of red berries, petrichor and flinty minerals. The flavours are delicate, soft and packed with flavour from the barrel fermentation. The ending is textural, long and wonderfully dry. The Sijnn Saignée 2016 needs to be chilled, about 30 minutes in an ice bucket would do the trick.

When I tasted it, I knew it would be great with that wonderful Italian summer dish of sliced rare fillet of beef Tagliata covered in rocket and strips of parmesan cheese and splashed with a good quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sea salt and grindy black pepper.

My book, ten years later

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