City on a Hill,

Song of Ascents

Swartland,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 94
  • Jancis Robinson: 17.5
  • 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.
“This vineyard is planted to Cinsault on top of an East facing slope West of Malmesbury. Cinsault is a variety well suited to the climate of the Swartland because of its ability to manage its moisture retention. Traditionally Cinsault was allowed to crop heavily and was thus regarded as a workhorse grape that produced inferior wines. When the opposite viticultural approach is followed, Cinsault produces some of the most perfumed and elegant red wines you can find in a warm area.”

In The Cellar
Fermentation: Native yeasts 100% MLF Vessels: Old 500 litre oak barrels

In The Vineyard
Grapes from a Cinsault vineyard planted in 1998, a third undergoing whole-bunch fermentation.
The Swartland is synonymous with grand expressions of Cinsault and with this 2022 vintage, André Bruyns has created a true work of vinous art from a vineyard planted in 1998. The aromatics are intense and floral with the 30% whole bunch fermentation adding extra layers of interest on the nose. The wine is packed full of sweet raspberry pastille, earthy strawberry, raisined red cherries, pressed rose petals, light soy and subtle sea breeze maritime notes of kelp and oyster shells. In the mouth, there is a brilliantly sleek, silky medium bodied depth of red and black berry fruits showing impressive depth, harmonious textural mouthfeel and glycerol opulence. The layers of cherry and spicy plum are accented by earthy bramble berry hints enlivened by beautifully finessed tannins and a fresh, tight knit acidity. This wine is the work of a true craftsman confident in his art. Ready to drink on release but packed with plenty of tantalising concentration to see it age beneficially over 10+ years in your cellar. (94+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)