Cartology, Alheit Vineyards, Bush Vines, Hemelrand, South Africa 2016
“Chris Alheit has become the name to drop in recent years for anyone wishing to demonstrate that they have the pulse of the South African wine scene.”Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate November 2015
Based on Hemelrand, a beautiful mountain farm situated high on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in Walker Bay, Alheit Vineyards is owned by Chris and Suzaan Alheit and is very much a family affair. Inspired by their time spent working in vineyards across Europe, Chris and Suzaan are passionate about producing wines with a true sense of place, using minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery. They specialise in producing hand-crafted whites, as they believe that the grape varietals have the right level of transparency and purity to express their origins and the results speak for themselve
Cartology is composed of rare and extraordinary parcels of mature dryland bush vines with an average age of 30 years for the Chenin. With wonderful depth and complexity, this wine is brimming with bright citrus notes, honeysuckle, fennel, ripe apple and pear. Notes of stone fruits, quince and honey will become more pronounced as it matures. It's no surprise that this was named one of Decanter's top 40 wines of 2015 with its stunning concentraton, mouthwatering acidity, incredible balance and enticingly long finish.
Grapes: 88% Chenin Blanc, 12% Old Vine Sémillon