Scions of Sinai new releases

By , 18 October 2019

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Bernhard Bredell is making some compelling wines under his Scions of Sinai label, tasting notes and ratings for the latest to hit the market as follows:

Scions of Sinai Señor Tallos 2019
Approximate retail price: R215
60% Helderberg Chenin Blanc, 40% Klein Karoo Grenache Blanc. 25 days on the skins, one third aged under flor. A floral top note before citrus and stone fruit plus ginger on the nose while the palate shows lovely fruit expression, moderate acidity and just a touch of phenolic grip. Thirst-quenching and delicious.

Editor’s rating: 91/100.

Scions of Sinai Nomadis 2019
Approximate retail price: R215
95% Cinsault, 5% Pinotage. Plums and cherries on the nose while the palate is very light (alcohol: 11.5%) and fresh with a particularly savoury finish without being austere or astringent.

Editor’s rating: 90/100.

Small volume.

Scions of Sinai Swanesang Syrah 2018
Approximate retail price: R305
The vineyard that produced the 2017 vintage was uprooted and Bredell has opted to retain the name as a way of paying homage, grapes for the 2018 sourced from a 1996 vineyard “just above Cordoba” in Stellenbosch. Partial whole-bunch fermentation before maturation in old oak. Red and black fruit, some floral perfume, herbs, spice and white pepper on the nose while the palate features pure fruit, lemon-like acidity and fine tannins. Great focus and length, this is a wine of some elegance. Total production: 870 bottles.

Editor’s rating: 95/100.

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