Sijnn Wines

'Everything is new about this ground-breaking wine' wrote Jancis Robinson in 2010

The wines have real poise and geographical signature about them.

 A family camping trip for David and Rita Trafford to remote Malgas in 2000 was life-changing and led to what could have been a totally crazy project. Not for David though, one of the wisest & most talented of the Cape's winemakers. The very poor, complex soils with very low rainfall really spoke to him as he was confident that carefully chosen varietals planted as bush vines could yield vey high quality. Syrah is the most planted varietal with smaller amounts Chenin Blanc. These are supported by a mix of other drought resistant varietals from warm dry areas including Mourvedre from the south of France, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira from the Douro, small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon with Viognier for the white wines. Everything is done naturally and by hand in the vineyard and the cellar from picking the grapes through to hand bottling (yes, each bottle is hand filled!) and labeling.

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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