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. Price: R285 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.
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