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.”