Bernhard: "Feniks is a special Pinotage single vineyard I have a particular bias for. This dry farmed, bush vine vineyard was planted in 1976, by Koos and his brother Pieter Bredell. Rooted in sandy, decomposed granite soils high in silica. The duplex clay and koffieklip layer is not much deeper. This, in combination with an early rootstock, and being old vines makes for much earlier flavour ripening on this variety. The upper ‘feeder’ roots spends much of its time in an oxidised environment, inducing stress, which under cooler oceanic conditions are more sustainable to amplify fruit definition and degrade greenness early on. The deep rooted zone of these old vines are remarkably well set into shale and koffieklip clay with good water retention. The canopy is very limited and leaf area small, making less sugars. The closest Pinotage in SA to the ocean. The bunches are small and conical, like little hand grenades."