2021 Swartland Red Tim Hillock

Grapes Syrah, Tinta Barroca, Cinsault, Grenache
Colour Red
Origin South Africa, Swartland
Village Swartland
ABV 13%

30% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 22% Tinta Barroca, 18% Grenache. Pale garnet. Sweet and easy. Very smooth. Not for the long term but an interesting wine. The merest hint of burnt rubber on the end but nothing to worry about. Honestly! Clean finish. 13% Drinking range: 2022 - 2026 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Oct 2023)

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30% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 22% Tinta Barocca, 18% Grenache. All the components for this gorgeous, spicy and pure blend were harvested and vinified separately. Each variety fermented naturally some whole bunches were included, amounting to about 50% across the blend. Half of the blend is aged in old 300L oak barrels and the other 50% is aged in unlined concrete for 10 months.
All but the Tinta Barocca come from schist soils around the Kasteelberg Mountains (82% of the blend). The Tinta Barocca is a 1962 block on the Paardeberg and is predominately granite soils. 'Rooi' simply means Red in Afrikaans and this thoughtful blend from Tim is the perfect embodiment of Red from this wonderful Swartland country. Well sculpted, purely poised fruit - a gorgeous feel with just enough of that chalky texture to the tannins which is something of a hallmark to the wines here. And a long line of spice that seasons the juice so well. Deliciously Rhoney but with undeniable Swartland charm.
L&S (Dec 2022)

Tim Hillock

Tim trained at the University of Stellenbosch in viticulture and oenology with another of our new boys - Albert Van Niekerk. Having set up base at his uncle's beautiful farm in the heart of the Swartland, Tim shares cellar-space with some brilliant winemakers.

This is a fabulous microcosm of South Africa's incredibly collaborative wine scene today. Where independent, small-scale vignerons - young and old - work together, feeding off each other's experience and enthusiasm. Callie Louw from Porseleinberg and the towering Donovan Rall are neighbours and mentors here.

Tim is young, ambitious and talented and loves working alongside these highly respected winemakers. Tim's charm, enthusiasm and talent mean that he is already getting his hands on top-quality fruit from small parcels and contracting vineyards that make you swoon.

The aim here is to deliver expressive, fresh and nuanced wines that illustrate in the glass, the unique story of each site.

This means that in the cellar the wines are gently coaxed into life. Fermentations are spontaneous with no interventions, and Tim uses various vessels for the élevage including concrete, beautiful Stockinger casks and amphora too - depending on the variety and the vintage. Tim's vineyards are mostly Swartland, but he found the fresh climes of Ceres too hard to resist and also makes some Pinot Noir from fruit on this cool, high plain.

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