Scions of Sinai Swanesang 2022


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“The 2022 Swanesang is pure Syrah grown on granite soils, matured in concrete eggs, and 20% in 400-liter barrels. The potent bouquet is quite arresting, with dark berry fruit, Lapsang Souchang, crushed iris flower and lavender scents. You won’t forget these aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with finely chiseled tannins. Very mineral-driven, taut and tocused, very elegant yet persistent on the classically styled finish. I cannot wait to see how this will age in bottle, though it will be difficult to resist. Drinking window: 2026-2046. 95 points

This Helderberg-based producer was one of my major discoveries last year, and so, naturally, I wanted to see winemaker Bernhard Bredell to taste his 2022s. These are marvelous, soulful, beautifully crafted wines from favored old vine sites, consistent across the board from the Cinsault-based Heldervallei to the brilliant Swanesan from dry-famed bush vines. Perhaps one of the most arresting wines is the 2022 Gramadoelas, Grenache Blanc from schist soils that I could have spent all night drinking. This is rapidly becoming one of Stellenbosch’s leading names.”

Neal Martin, Vinous (11/23)