Scions of Sinai, Heldervallei Cinsault 2020 Bottle size: 750mlSouth Africa, Stellenbosch
Bearing such a deep heritage in SA, it makes for a variety I get a lot of fulfilment working with. Especially, like in this case, if the vines are a bit older and dryfarmed as bushvines on poor soils (Cinsault is a lush grower in our SA climate and young, trellised Cinsault on fertile soils tend to be tricky). I am delighted to work with Heldervallei as a Certified Single Vineyard, on the cusp of getting his Heritage Vineyard approval. These vines were planted in 1988 by my Uncle, Anton ‘Onderplaas’ Bredell, on decomposed granite soils, high in quarts with moderately shallow clay for water retension and some extra nights for ripening. It has a small foilage, and crops far less than Cinsaut is known to crop. It undergoes just enough stress, but with its face to False Bay at 4 km away makes for pure and bright flavour development. I am grateful to be granted decision making in viticulture at Rustenhof (my philosophies are rooted in working mindful with nature to uplift soil health and increase vine vitality).
|Technical analysis||RS: 1.6 g/L | TA: 4.7 g/L | PH: 3.56|
|Blend information||100% Cinsault|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Scion refers to the top part of a plant/vine or can also mean 'the descendant of'. Sinai refers to the ‘Sinai Hill’ which is a granite hill in the lower Helderberg region. Bernhard Bredell used these words to create the name Scions of Sinai which is also applicable given that he is the 7th generation (descendant) of Bredell wine farmers. Scions of Sinai Wines mainly focus on curating the uniquely located vineyards of the Lower Helderberg region around a granite hill. Bernhard hopes that his wines express the vineyard, it’s soil and the vintage clearly and purely.|
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