City on a Hill,


Tinta Barocca,
Swartland,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 95
  • Jancis Robinson: 18
  • Tim Atkin: 94


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.

“The majority of the old red wine vineyards in the Swartland is planted to Tinta Barocca. These are gnarly old vines that were originally planted to produce fortified wines. Some producers have since recognised the ability of Tinta Barocca to produce high quality table wines. This is a grape variety that grows well in our area. The low yielding bush vines produce wines with great structure and offers good ageability.”

In The Cellar
10% whole-bunch fermentation. Fermentation: Native yeasts 100% MLF Vessels: Old 500 litre oak barrels

In The Vineyard
Tinta Das Baroccas (to quote the back label) from a 1962 vineyard farmed by Adi Badenhorst.
Lauded and praised for its exceptional Syrah and Cinsault, the Swartland also possesses some of the most exciting old parcels of Tinta Barocca or Tintas das Boroccas to use its alternative Portuguese moniker. Sourced from a 1962 old vine vineyard farmed by Adi Badenhorst, this wine delivers all the deep, dark, bold aromatics you would expect from a premium Port grape cultivar, boasting complex broody fruit notes of black berries, blue berries, black cherry and mulberry that melt away into more delicate hints of dried baking spices, dried lavender, fynbos, sandalwood and earthy bramble berries. Wonderfully intense and concentrated on the palate, this hits the senses with deliciously bright tangy acids, black currant infused herbal tea and the most dreamy, creamy tannins imaginable, all kissed with a delicate vanilla pod spice. It is when you drink wines like this that you appreciate why the Swartland holds this grape so close to its heart. Drink on release and over the next 6 to 8+ years. (95/100 Greg Sherwood MW)