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Scions of Sinai ‘Nomadis’ Cinsaut/Pinotage 2021


A blend of 87% Cinsaut planted in 1975 (46 years old) and 13% Pinotage planted in 1976 (45 years old) – on decomposed granite in the lower Helderberg. Slightly less (50%) carbonic maceration in 2021 gives this wine more weight and grip than the 2020, creating what many will perceive as a more “serious” offering.
Characteristic (for the area) Cinsaut notes of blackcurrant and licorice spice with some earthy notes is guided by the heady violets and juicy notes of the Pinotage.As per previous vintages, there is 0% oak on this wine – Bernhard relies on Pinotage’s natural texture and phenolics for structure.
Beautifully pure, fragrant wine – with raspberry, cranberry and violets. A wonderful experience.

Christian Eedes: “A slight note of reduction before cherry and pomegranate plus hints of flowers and herbs. The palate is again light but wonderfully focused – good fruit definition, bright acidity and fine tannins, the finish nicely dry.”

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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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