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Scions of Sinai

Scions of Sinai 'Feniks' Pinotage Stellenbosch 2019

Pinotage Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2019
  • ABV: 12%
  • Origin: Helderberg / Stellenbosch /Western Cape/South Africa
  • Grapes: Pinotage

Description

This was made by Bernhard Bredell, a rising star in South African winemaking, with a very much sustainable, low intervention approach who, in his description, 'guides, like you would rather than makes the wine in the winery, preserving a sense of place in the wine.

Scions of Sinai Wines mainly focus on curating the 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 dryfarmed bushvine vineyards on decomposed granite…as seen by Bernhard Bredell.

Féniks is a registered Pinotage Single Vineyard and forms part of the site specific cultivar range. In the Lower Helderberg vicinity of Southern Stellenbosch. This is an unique old dry farmed (zero irrigation) bushvine vineyard planted on a sandy textured soil with high silica fragments in topsoil at a mere 3.5km from the ocean – a rare occurrence for any Pinotage and also the closest registered Pinotage to the ocean in SA (inducing cooler ripening conditions from the maritime climate). Soils are very poor and yields very low, focussing on delicious flavour packed berries and vibrant aromas expressing the site with a pure character. Planted by brothers Koos and Pieter Bredell in 1976.

Keeping it gentle in the cellar. All grapes are handpicked in small boxes. A blend between separate fermentations, all by natural occurring yeast from the vineyard itself. 70% stems intact with the grapes, crushed and foot trotted, and the rest destemmed. No punch downs. Working on delaying the fermentation time naturally. Submerged cap and slow extraction. Spontaneous fermentation that lasted almost 2 weeks. Basket pressed directly to barrel and aged on its lees for 11 months in old (5 th fill) french oak barrels this was bottled unfiltered and unfined. 

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