City on a Hill, Chenin Blanc 2019 Bottle size: 750mlSouth Africa, Swartland
'André Bruyns works alongside David Sadie and, when it comes to Chenin Blanc, some of the latter's magic touch seems to have rubbed off on him. Fermented in concrete and aged in older wood, it's leesy, racy and waxy, with subtle gunflint reduction, incredible palate length and the complexity and vibrancy of the best 2019 whites. 2021-27' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100
Swartland Chenin blanc has a very distinct expression. There are many pockets within the region that will highlight different aspects of the grape. This wine is an expression of the style of Chenin that is produced from the terroir of the Paardeberg mountain. Different slopes and aspects combine with deep, decomposed granite soil to produce a wine that is fresh, focused and austere. Three dryland vineyards, planted in 1976, 1981 and 1998 respectively, combine to produce a wine that is textured and has a typical pithy finish that is so common to the white wines of this area. This wine will reward ageing.
Alc: 13% | RS: 1.8 g/L | TA: 5.5 g/L | PH: 3.35
About City on a Hill:
André Bruyns, assistant winemaker to David and Nadia Sadie, makes wine under his own label called City on a Hill. This project was started in 2015 and his first release was a white blend. He sources grapes from old vineyards and vinifies grapes as naturally as possible, with a focus on site specific wines. In addition to a white blend, André also produces a Red, a Chenin Blanc and Muscat d’Alexandrie wine.
|Technical analysis||RS: 1.8 g/L | TA: 5.5 g/L | PH: 3.35|
|Blend information||100% Chenin Blanc|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||André Bruyns, assistant winemaker to David and Nadia Sadie, makes wine under his own label called City on a Hill. This project was started in 2015 and his first release was a white blend. He sources grapes from old vineyards and vinifies grapes as naturally as possible, with a focus on site specific wines. In addition to a white blend, André also produces a Red, a Chenin Blanc and Muscat d'Alexandrie wine.|
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