City on a Hill Red Blend

City on a Hill Red Blend


for the equivalent of £27.35 a bottle

Grower: City on a Hill
Grape Variety: Tinta Barroca / Syrah / Cinsault
Style: Savoury and Floral
Country: South Africa
Appellation: Swartland
Vintage: 2019/20
Closure: CORK
Alcohol: 13.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Garnet red in colour, with purplish hue. The bouquet is perfumed with vibrant spice notes against a backdrop of ripe red and black fruit. Elegant in structure on the palate, the schist and granite terroir result in tannins that are dense but fine and result in graceful expression of savoury notes on the finish.

Nestled in the heart of the Elgin Valley, Spioenkop Wines was established in 2008 with Koen Roose as winemaker. The winemaking philosophy here is low intervention and allowing the wine to have a voice without putting technology and an interfering winemaker in the way. Biodynamic principles have been adopted though they have not sought certification. The winemaker wants a vineyard in rude health, dry farmed and untrammelled by artificial fertiliser, pesticides and herbicides and where working on foot and by hand are the order of the day. They call it balance; ‘balance in the wines, balance in the winery and balance in the terroir’. Koen is obsessive about the relationship of his vines with the environment and the work that he has done and continues to do to get the best from them. With several awards and accolades under their belt, Spioenkop produces wines that have finesse, balance, and purity, with the idiosyncratic character of the winemaker flowing through every bottle.



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