'Simply one of the finest Cinsault wines you will find anywhere'- Neal Martin on 2021 Heldervallei Cinsault
This Cinsault comes from a small parcel on the Sinai Hill, planted in 1988. The warm South African sunshine is perfectly tempered here, thanks to the cooling winds that roll off the False Bay shore; just four kilometres away. The result is a Cinsault of serious complexity and elegance. Supple, medium-bodied and brimming with mineral-rich red berry fruit. A triumphant wine that showcases why Scions of Sinai is South Africa's winery to watch.
The 2021 Heldervallei is pure Cinsault that lies adjacent to the parcel of Chenin Blanc on Sinai Hill from vines planted in 1988, although the original vineyard is 20 years older and some of those vines are extant. Blended with 30% whole clusters with 10 months on the lees, it has a powerful, delineated bouquet with red berry fruit, wild mint and fennel, a slight tang of marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, very smooth and pliant, perfect balance and purity, gentle grip with minderal-rich red berry fruit. Simply one of the finest Cinsault wines you will find anywhere.
Drinking Window: 2023 - 2040
'Bredell flew under my radar until winemakers kept namedropping him, so what else am I going to do but invite him over on my final day? ... He has all the tropes of the country’s young winemakers: rugged build, down-to-earth, uninterested in the glitz, happiest toiling away in his vines and above all creating wine that sends tingles down my spine. ... These wines are definitely worth seeking out – exemplary expression of terroir and grape variety courtesy of a young winemaker, Bredell clearly has “the touch”. They just lit up the room as the rain pelted down outside.'- Neal Martin, Vinous
Bernhard Bredell grew up on his family farm in the Lower Helderberg, southeast of Stellenbosch, where his family have been farming grapes for seven generations.The name Scions of Sinai reflects this commitment to both land and family: a scion having the dual meaning of a young vine shoot and a generational descendant.
“I’m not trying to be weird or funky – for me what’s most important is to have that line between vineyard and glass as uncompromised as possible,”
The project is based around a granite outcrop colloquially known as Sinai Hill, and his goal is to make pure authentic wines from the old, dry-farmed bush vines grown here. Bernhard is low-intervention in the cellar - slow fermentation in open-top vats, ageing in old oak, no manipulations to the juice or wines and no filtration. His goal is an expression of a place, a vineyard, its history and its soil.
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