2019 City on a Hill Chenin Blanc
“Starting your own wine business can be exhilarating and frightening at the same time, but to be honest, it’s been a wonderful time!” — André Bruyns, Owner and Winemaker, City on a Hill Wine Company
You may know how excited I am about André Bruyns’s City on a Hill Wine Company, and how I’ve raved about his wines. The 2019 vintage marks the fifth vintage of André’s winery, and his wines already exemplify the pedigree of a great wine estate.
When you meet André, what strikes you most about him is his humility. André presents his wines to you shyly. He made a name for himself making wine with David and Nadia Sadie at their groundbreaking winery in the Swartland region of South Africa, but André doesn’t care if you know what an accomplished winemaker he is. He just wants you to enjoy his wine. André’s wines are like him. They’re quiet. What I mean is, they quietly give you joy. And the more you think about them and the fine qualities of their composition and structure, the more joy they give you.
André’s 2019 City on a Hill Chenin Blanc is the quintessential white wine from the terroir of the Paardeberg region of Swartland. Their grapes are from three separate Paardeberg vineyards, and they reveal the glorious minerality of the region’s granite soils. Its nose and palate are white peaches, nectarines, and apricots, plaited together with summer citrus acidity. Its finish is long and lean, pithy and persistent.
As delicious as the 2019 City on a Hill Chenin Blanc is today, it also possesses fruitful longevity. I stashed away a bunch of bottles in my cellar for aging — but all I ever do is drink them. I’m hoping three or four of them make it through the summer so I can see them age gloriously!