City on a Hill,


Carignan,Cinsault,Grenache,Shiraz,Tinta Barocca,
Swartland,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 96
  • Jancis Robinson: 17


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 want to work with grapes that suit our area and climate (whether they are well known or not), farm those vineyards well and make wine from them. The vineyards included in this wine have shown their ability to thrive in our conditions and we are careful to make wines true to their identity. “

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In The Cellar
Fermentation: Native yeasts, 100% MLF Vessels: Old 500 litre oak barrels Varying amounts of whole-bunch fermentation, 40% in total.

In The Vineyard
Made from a truly noble Swartland blend of 35% Grenache, 25% Shiraz and equal amounts of Cinsault, Carignan and Tinta Barocca, this delicious red blend embodies the true essence of its terroir, its environment and its climate in a masterful marriage of Rhone and Portuguese varietals.
"While the colour is slightly dark ruby and opaque, the aromatics are anything but subdued, marshalling a full compliment of complexity on the nose to reveal a remarkably graceful array of bramble berries and black plum spice, briary, potpourri and hints of fynbos that melt into notes of black currant rock candy, red cherry coulis and subtle savoury bresaola and cured meat nuances. The attention to detail on the palate is pulpable, compact and sleek with a real polish and concentrated harmonious chorus of strawberry and cranberry fruits, satin textured tannins supported by vibrantly fresh invigorating acids. A finely crafted red blend that is currently more intellectual than showman like but undoubtedly supremely characterful, elegant and precise. Drink on release and over the next 8 to 10+ years." (Wine Safari Score: 96/100 Greg Sherwood MW)