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Scions of Sinai ‘Atlantikas’ Pinotage 2020


A Maritime Pinotage bushvine vineyard from the cooler climate part of Stellenbosch, in the Lower Helderberg area close to False Bay (South Atlantic). Aiming at a pure and lighter expression of the variety by means of natural vinification methods (no additives or alterations to the juice or wine, except trace amounts of sulphites. No filtration and no fining). Total SO2 less than 20ppm. Its roots are in oxidative soils (aka sandy) with high silica content in topsoil. The harvest is decided solely on the vibrant flavour and acidity to be in place as supposed to sugar “ripeness”. The open bushvines, poor soils together with the silica topsoil helps break down “green” flavours early on in ripening. Fine texture, weightlessness and delicate fruit with a balanced acidity makes 2020 superb.

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Bernhard grew up in a wine farming family, on their (previously owned) farm, Helderzicht, in the Lower Helderberg region of Stellenbosch. Here the Bredells had been farming wine for over 160 years – 7 generations – and has essentially been responsible for developing this region. Starting with Peter Bredell’s arrival here in the 1850’s and passed down to his descendants aka “Scions”. Today Scions of Sinai Wines mainly focus on curating these uniquely located vineyards of the Lower Helderberg region (South East of Stellenbosch) around a granite hill colloquially known as “Sinai Hill” – pure wines from a few specially selected dry farmed bushvine vineyards on decomposed granite. Named Young Winemaker of the Year in Tim Atkin’s South Africa 2019 Special Report, Bernard favours a chemical-free approach in the vineyards and the winery.







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