City on a Hill,


Chenin Blanc,
Swartland,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 96
  • Jancis Robinson: 16.5
  • Tim Atkin: 93


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

André Bruyns, former assistant winemaker to David and Nadia Sadie, is now vineyard manager at Swartland property Lammershoek (recently under new ownership). He did not release any wines form the 2021 vintage under his City on a Hill label due to difficult trading circumstances but he’s back with a bang with his 2022 new releases.

“We call this wine Earth because of the soil types found in this vineyard. The Paardeberg is mostly associated with granite and here we find added to that, sandstone and quartz which is not common for this mountain. “

In The Cellar
Fermentation: Native yeasts 100% MLF Vessels: Old 300 litre oak barrels

In The Vineyard
From a Lammershoek vineyard of Chenin Blanc planted in 1968 on sandstone and quartz.
André Bruyns is of course the viticulturalist at the famous Lammershoek wine estate from which the grapes for this exceptional old vine wine were sourced from a Chenin Blanc block planted in 1968 on Sandstone and quartz soils. The characteristics of the fruits are profoundly different from expressions grown on decomposed granite, instead exhibiting bold notes of savoury peach puree, melted honey on warm white toast, freshly baked pastries, baked apples, wet straw, sweet herbs, incense, and a tantalising dusty mineral undertone. The palate is broad, intense and expansive with a rich textural glycerol depth and plenty of opulent fruit generosity caressed by soft, succulent fresh acids. This is a really characterful wine that walks with a confident swagger and a real sense of purpose. An old vine expression that will shine in its youth but cellar beneficially for at least 10 to 12+ years. (96/100 Greg Sherwood MW)