Scions of Sinai new releases

By , 20 November 2023

Bernhard Bredell of Scions of Sinai thinks deeply about both viticulture and winemaking but he’s not above having a bit of fun as is evidenced by his so-called Cervantes range of wines named after the 16th century Spanish writer who famously penned the novel Don Quixote. These wines allow him to be a bit more experimental in both blends and technique, the results sure to fascinate more geeky wine enthusiasts. Tasting notes and ratings for the 2023s as follows:

Scions of Sinai Rocinante 2023
Price: R310
60% Chenin Blanc, 30% Grenache Blanc and 10% Roussanne, the former from Stellenbosch and the latter two from Voor Paardeberg – all grapes picked on the same day. Exotic aromatics of citrus, stone fruit, pineapple and spice – warmer conditions after veraison in the Voor Paardeberg meant these grapes were slightly riper than usual. The platate is round, juicy and full of flavour making for an expressive, engaging wine. Alc: 13.6%.

CE’s rating: 93/100.

Scions of Sinai Señor Tallos 2023
Price: R245
51% Chenin Blanc from the Helderber, 59% Grenache Blanc from Voor-Paardeberg. 50% destemmed and 50% whole-bunch. Three weeks of skin contact before maturation lasting eight months in older barrels as well as tank, under flor. Nutty, rancio notes to go with tangerine, stone fruit and spice on the nose while the palate has a dense core of fruit and firm but not overly astringent tannins, the finish bone-dry. Unconventional and intriguing – that much better balanced and substantial than the previous vintage. Alc: 12.5%.

CE’s rating: 94/100.

Scions of Sinai Atlantikas Pinotage 2023
Price: R195
100% Pinotage. Grapes from two Helderberg blocks planted in 1976 and 1996 by earlier Bredell farmers. 30% stems intact, 30% destemmed and the rest direct pressed. Pretty aromatics including abundant floral perfume plus cranberry, raspberry and cherry. The palate shows pure fruit, zesty acidity and fine tannins.  Poised, energetic and just so pleasurable – serve slightly chilled and drink all summer long. Alc: 12.5%.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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