2022 Syrah Swartland Tim Hillock

Grapes Syrah
Colour Red
Origin South Africa, Swartland
Village Swartland
ABV 13%

The 2022 Paradiso Syrah has 13% alcohol and presents subtly smoky notes alongside roasted plums, cherry skins, potpourri and white and red peppercorns. It exhibits vibrant florals and a fresh flavor profile. Medium-bodied, the core is driven by a mineral essence and features soft spicy and smoky nuances that finish in a very food-friendly manner. A total of 4,078 bottles were produced. For the price, you can't beat it. Drinking range: 2023 - 2033 Rating: 92 Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate (May 2024)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.

The 2022 release of Tim Hillock's Syrah has fulfilled the rich promise of the 2021 bottling. It's a low-tech wine, made with foot-stomped whole bunches before ageing in foudres and small barrels. Fragrant and spicy, with notes of violet, oregano and lily, it displays savoury tannins, understated oak and blackberry and summer pudding fruit. Drinking range: 2024 - 2030 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, (Sep 2023)

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.

A little something from SOUTH AFRICA

The Cape winelands offer an ideal environment for grape growing and South Africa is, currently, offering outstanding value for the wine lover. Here's a tasty selection to tickle your tastebuds.

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