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Scions of Sinai ‘Feniks’ Pinotage 2021


WO Stellenbosch

100% Pinotage. Single vineyard wine planted in 1976. Rooted in coarse sandy decomposed granite soils high in silica. The duplex clay and koffieklip layer is situated deep down and houses the deepest roots. The bunches are small and conical, “like little hand grenades” as Bernhard puts it. 60% whole bunch fermentation (with a small portion semi-carbonic), the ferment is unusually slow and long for Pinotage adding spice, intensity and structure.

Aromatic, arresting and intense. A Pinotage with the grace of a Pinot Noir, but the power of a Syrah.

Christian Eedes (Winemag): 93/100.

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Bernhard Bredell grew up in a wine farming family, on their (previously owned) farm, Helderzicht, in the Lower Helderberg region of Stellenbosch. The Bredells had been farming wine here for over 160 years – 7 generations – and had essentially been responsible for developing the region. It started with Peter Bredell’s arrival in the 1850’s and passed down to his descendants, a.k.a. “Scions”.

Scions of Sinai Wines mainly focuses on curating these uniquely located vineyards of the Lower Helderberg region (southeast 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. Bernard favours a chemical-free approach in the vineyards and the winery.

Bernhard Bredell was named Young Winemaker of the Year in the Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2019.







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