2021 Strange Bru Fernao Pires

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2021 Strange Bru Fernao Pires
Bright, tangy, textural with a gently fleshy thing, Fernao Pires was planted in ZA decades ago for production as brandy. Strange Bru (the weird brother in Afrikaans) celebrates the charms of a Portuguese cultivar finding its feet in a foreign field.

Tasting Notes 


A mineral nose of crushed granite, peach kernel and petrichor.


On the palate, the sandy seam underpins ripe, juicy stonefruit flesh. The wine finishes tight and bright with a clean, lightly floral finish.

2021 Strange Bru Fernao Pires Tasting Profile


Of the last blocks of Fernao left in the Cape this is the oldest at 30-something years old. Originally grown for yield and brandy this Portuguese immigrant certainly found its feet but fell out of favour. Which is where we all come in.. Before we lose ‘em let’s use ‘em. All the rock-stars are sniffing around this block now which is good for its future but here is an accessibly-priced expression of the loveliness of the Found before it gets Lost. In Portugal the variety is also known as Maria Gomes, which is strangely sexy in itself. Best drunk in its youth this wine is not for later, it’s definitely Fernao.


Year 2021
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Fernao Pires
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.8 units
Type White Wine
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches Coconut infused curry, fish with a mango salad, pan roasted chicken.
Origin Western Cape
Appellation WO Western Cape