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Timed Online Auction, 17 - 27 November 2023

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ZAR 1 525
Lot 106
  • Scions of Sinai; Granietsteen Old Vine Chenin Blanc; 2019; 1 (1 x 1); 1500ml

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ZAR 1 200 - 1 500
Selling Price
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ZAR 1 525

About this Item

Granietsteen Old Vine Chenin Blanc, 2019
1 (1 x 1) 1500ml

Scion refers to the top life bearing parts of a plant/vine or can also mean ‘the descendant of’. Sinai refers to ‘Sinai Hill’ – a granite hill in the lower Helderberg region south of Stellenbosch towards False Bay. Bernhard Bredell used these words to create the name ‘Scions of Sinai’ which is also applicable given that he is a 7th generation (descendant) of Bredell wine farmers from this area. Scions of Sinai Wines focus on curating some uniquely uncompromised wines with an obsessive attention to detail for terroir influences and a deep passion for heritage.

Never before released in magnum format. Very special, rare opportunity to own one of only 8 magnum bottles produced - they are only produced for Bernhard Bredell's personal library collection.

The Granietsteen Chenin blanc vineyard is a single demarcated vineyard in Southern Stellenbosch, Lower Helderberg area close to Firgrove. On the South East slope of Sinai Hill, nearby False Bay shore at 4km away. Dry farmed old Bushvines, planted in 1978 by Koos & Pieter (Snr.) Bredell. Soils here are decomposed granite sand at top with coarse granite in subsoils . Also rare being in this Maritime macro climate for Cape Chenin. An unique site specific salinity and flavour.

Critics Ratings

‘A stunning wine from Bernhard Bredell, the third vintage of Granietsteen comes from an old-vine block close to False Bay. Rich and concentrated, with some colour and tannic grip from 25% skin contact, the purity and focus that are a feature of the best Chenins on granite soils, subtle lees and just an echo of oak. Superb. 2021-27’ - Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2020, 95/100

‘After tasting the excellent maiden 2017 vintage a few years ago, Bernhard delivers another very self-assured performance with this delightful 2019 Chenin Blanc. Made from another seriously good white vintage from 43 year old vines planted in 1978, this wine is rich and expressive and boasts fabulous aromatics of pear puree, white flowers, yellow orchard fruits and seductive top notes of freshly baked apple strudel. The palate is fresh and bright with hints of toasted hazelnuts and walnuts, pithy peach stone fruits, pineapple pastille and a delicate note of maritime salinity and brine on the finish. Wonderfully textural and concentrated, this wine makes your mouth water with its deliciously tangy acids and enticing umami characters. Dry, intense and packed full of liquid minerality from the decomposed granite soils, this wine is already building up a solid cult following among the hardcore Chenin Blanc cognoscente. Drink now or enjoy over 8 to 10 years.’ – Greg Sherwood MW, 95/100 (Aug 2022)

‘Dryland bushvine chenin, 2019 more savoury than fruity, with ginger & unexpected green pineapple notes. Piercing acidity brought to heel by inherent fruit weight from 42 year old vines & 9 months on lees in older barrels.’ - Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2021, 4.5* (93/100)

‘From a 1978 vineyard. Aromatics of stone fruit, naartjie and orange and even a little pineapple plus some yeasty complexity. Rich and deep on the palate with tangy acidity and savoury finish.’ – Chrisitan Eedes,, 93/100 (May 2020)



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