André Bruyns, who worked a stint at Rijk’s in Tulbagh, now founds himself assistant winemaker to David and Nadia Sadie in the Swartland. He’s also making his own wine under the City on a Hill label, the first release being a white blend from the 2015 vintage selling for R275 a bottle.
Consisting of 86% Chenin Blanc (from an unirrigated bushvine vineyard planted in 1981), 12% Roussanne and 2% Viognier, juice was fermented spontaneously, maturation lasting 10 months in fourth-fill barrels.
On the nose, subtle notes of yellow and white peach, some yellow earth dustiness plus yeasty character. The palate has lovely dimension, which is to say possess both breadth and depth without being weighty while the finish is gently savoury. A wine of particular understatement, which draws you back to the glass again and again to explore its nuances.
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