Located in Stellenbosch’s Lower Helderberg, Scions of Sinai was founded by Bernhard Bredell in 2016. Having grown up on a wine farm, Bredell has always felt the desire to give back to his roots. He focuses on using natural methods and minimalistic intervention in the cellar to ensure the wines maintain authenticity to the vines and their roots.
Scion, in biology, refers to the upper part of the vine or a young shoot. In old English, Scion also means descendant. Sinai refers to Sinai Hill, the foothill of the lower Helderberg, where the Bredells have farmed with old dryland bush vines for generations. From Sinai Hill, Bernhard sees both himself and his old bush vines as the Scions of Sinai – descendants of this unique terroir.
The wine is made from a single site and soil type on the lower slopes of the Helderberg in the Stellenbosch W.O. The old unirrigated bushvines are trained in an old method called 'treinspoor' where they are planted in double rows similar in look to that of rail tracks. Planted on sandy topsoil over clay, the wine is 70% fermented on stems after being foot trotted and 30% is whole cluster. This leads to a wine that is beautifully expressive and pure on the nose, with an undeniable old World feel. Black fruit, liquorice and cured meat on the nose carry over on to the palate, where the purity of this wine really comes into its own. Velvety tannins, great acidity and a spicy almost smoked meat finish leave a lasting impression.