Alheit Walker Bay
Husband and wife winemaking team Chris and Suzaan Alheit produce a stunning Chenin Blanc dominated white, Cartology, of remarkable dimension from highly selected sites across the Cape. They refer to their work as 99% vineyard and 1% cellar. To this they have now added two single vineyard Chenins both of which are grown at altitude and dry farmed. Magnetic North comes from bush vines just to the north-west of Clanwilliam, while the Radio Lazarus comes from old vines in Stellenbosch. One of the keys to maintaining the quality of their work is farming the vineyards they work with themselves. Cartology comes from a number of sites and includes a small proportion of old Sémillon from Franschhoek. The Chenin Blanc is grown at Skurfberg close to the Magnetic North site, Kasteelberg and Perdeberg in Swartland and the Hemelrand mountain farm on the Hemel & Aarde Ridge at Walker Bay. The sites are all planted to dry farmed old bush vines. Traditionally vinified the wine offers an exceptional intensity of citrus, white fruits and a light honeyed quality all underpinned by a subtle minerality. Expect a richer complexity to develop with age. Undoubtedly the two single vineyard wines will be well worth trying as well. (DM)
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