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Sijnn Malgas Low Profile Red 2018

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From the new Malgas wine region of South Africa, Sijnn Low Profile Red is an unusual blend of Syrah, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre with juicy fruit and spicy flavours

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Smooth Elegant Red

Grape Variety

Shiraz / Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre

Wine Region



South Africa








Certified Sustainable



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Sijnn Malgas Low Profile Red 2018 from the Sijnn wine estate in the Western Cape of South Africa is an intense, complex red wine blend of Syrah 49%, Portuguese grapes Touriga Nacional 31% and Trincadeira 10% with a smattering of Cabernet Sauvignon 7% and Mourvèdre 3%. A combination of stony soils (mainly schist and pudding stones), a warm climate moderated by proximity to the sea, natural wine-making (sustainably certified) and low yields of an interesting blend of grapes makes this wine really juicy with mouth-watering acidity and layers of ripe fruit and gentle spicy flavours. In the mouth it reminds me of a warm, smooth Rhone red but as you swallow the wine or suck in air to aerate the wine in your mouth, the sweet, jucy red fruit flavours take over and dominate the long finish.


David & Rita Trafford of the De Trafford wines in Stellenbosch fell so in love with the Malgas area & its soils that they started Sijnn Wines there on the banks of the river Breede (pronounced ‘Say-n’, Sijnn is a local word meaning riverbank). The name of the wine is derived from the soil profiles that were intensively studied – more than 200 profile holes were dug – to establish the best sites for each variety. Winemaker Charla Haasbroek has been onboard since 2014 and continues the low-intervention ethos. Sijnn wines have been described as “Rhone meets Bordeaux meets Douro”, an interesting and tasty combination!

How to Enjoy this Wine

According to the producers this wine is “perfect to enjoy with a typical South African braai.” It’s a very food-friendly wine.


Serve at: 14 – 16°CoC

Producer's Notes

“Attractive, medium to deep red ruby colour. The nose entices a red and wild berry, salty liquorice and spicy profile. Juicy, energetic wine with all the fine flavours promised on the nose and a lovely refreshing palate which lingers long after that first sip. Long, dry and easy finish.”


93 points – Tim Atkin MW
“Made in the heat of the very dry 2018 vintage, this shows how well this remarkable, isolated site can cope with tough conditions. Syrah-focused with 45% Tinta Amarela, Trincaderia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre and Touriga Nacional, it marries aromas of lavender and pine aromas, subtle wood, meaty tannins and flavours of bramble, blackberry and cassis”


90 points – Wine Enthusiast
“This Syrah-based blend includes four other red varieties in its composition, adding to its moderate complexity. Subtle notes of strawberry, cherry and tobacco mingle timidly in the palate. It has grip and medium acidity, driving the flavors through an enjoyable medium finish.”

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