City on a Hill, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa 2016

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City on a Hill, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa 2016


Made by André Bruyns, assistant winemaker to David and Nadia Sadie, this is a vibrant and discreetly concentrated Swartland Chenin Blanc blended with just a teaspoon full of Viognier. The fruit feels as if it has absorbed the sun’s rays and converted its energy into electrical current. It crackles and buzzes, like a mains hum, that pulses through the wine, giving it its life and vitality. Wet stones and lemons underscore riper notes of peach and apricot, finishing with just a hint of freshly baked gingerbread. It’s a superb white wine with the rapier-like acidity of a Savennieres from the Loire, combined with the sunny, heel-kicking joy of a naturally-made Swartland Chenin. 12.5% alc. Drink now-2020.

Press reviews:

Wine Mag (Editor’s Choice):
“André Bruyns, assistant winemaker to David and Nadia Sadie of the Swartland, also makes a white blend under his own label called City on a Hill, the second release 2016 now out and to my mind that much more complete than the maiden 2015. It’s a blend of 92% Chenin Blanc from two vineyards planted in 1981 plus 8% Viognier. Strikingly bright yellow in colour, the nose is redolent of flowers and peach. The palate meanwhile is juicy, rich and full – fruit concentration and texture is impressive given an alcohol of just 12.5%. It’s a beautifully balanced wine, lovely to drink now but set to become even more satisfying over the next five years or so.” 93 points

Greg Sherwood MW: “This is an alluring wine with complex dried herbs, dried mint leaf, garrigue and baking spices. So much oregano and thyme beautifully melded with dry yellow stone fruits and white citrus. I just love the nuances of pithy tart yellow peaches and the rich but linear taught structure that defines this and so many other 2016 wines. The palate seems to move into a 6th gear, where the impressive 2015 only had 5. Vibrant crunchy yellow citrus fruits, peach stone, and peppery, dusty slatey granitic minerality. This wine has energy and verve, massive intensity, pithy yellow pineapple and white peach concentration and a real dusty granitic finish that is direct, nervy, tightly wound and very focused. Well done Andre, not easy to make a better wine than you did in 2015, but I believe you succeeded in doing so. “ 94 points

Customer Comments:

“Really impressed with The City on the Hill.” - Mr. T.M.

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