City on a Hill,


Chenin Blanc,
Swartland,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 97
  • Jancis Robinson: 17
  • 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.
“We call this vineyard “Sky” because of its almost 400m altitude. The vineyard sits exposed on top of a slope in the Paardeberg mountain with an amazing view of the Swartland. Its extreme setting results in a wine that is more focused and linear than our other Chenins but this also leaves the vineyard unprotected in a sense. In 2022 this vineyard was hit hard by several heatwaves and strong
wind which scorched the leaves of half of the vineyard. We had to reduce the crop significantly and pick the remaining grapes early to help the vines. Even in difficult conditions such as these, Sky produces a wine of immense quality.”

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

In The Vineyard
From a Paardeberg vineyard of Chenin Blanc planted in 1998 just under 400m above sea level.
One of the most profound wines André has ever made, this stunner was sourced from a Chenin Blanc vineyard in the Paardeberg planted in 1998 at around 400 metres above sea level on deep decomposed granite soils. Super taut, lean and mineral driven, this wine is very backward in coming forward, grudgingly yielding subtle aromatics of white peach, dried herbs, fynbos, grated lime peel, crunchy pear and a profound smoky, reductive crushed granite mineral essence. The palate is as lean and linear as the nose suggests, offering up a wound spring tension and a chiselled structure that’s all about searing acids, a briney salinity and a lean, wet river pebble minerality in the mouth. This is an incredibly special wine that needs to be tasted over one, two or three days to really experience its profound depth, complexity and purity. A Chenin Blanc so serious and grown up it should carry an ‘Adults Only’ age restriction! Wow. Drink this from 2026 to 2040+. (97+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)