Alheit Vineyards Cartology Chenin Blanc 2020


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The 10th vintage of Cartology. This comes from the existing nine parcels of vineyards; an even spread this year in terms of percentages used. (Some previous releases favoured different parcels within the blend). There is less Semillon in the blend this year. The wine was fermented in a range of neutral vessels It is important to understand that there is one-third less Cartology in 2020 due to the high degree of triage employed at the final blending stage.

93% Chenin Blanc and 7% Semillon, from unirrigated old-vine parcels situated across the Cape. Spontaneously fermented and matured in a variety of vessels including cement eggs, clay pots, foudres and old barrels of different sizes. Super-complex aromatics of pear, peach, lime, green apple, thatch, herbs, earth and some waxy character. The palate has excellent structure – great density of fruit matched by bright acidity. Marvellous intensity of flavour but also great drive, the finish long and savoury. An extraordinary achievement especially seeing as production is 23 331 bottles. rating: 96/100.

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Producer Information: Alheit Vineyards

Alheit Vineyards declares its aim as being ‘to vinify extraordinary Cape vineyards’. The fact that Chris and Suzaan Alheit set out on their venture to make only white wine is a testament to their commitment to seek out some of the oldest vineyard blocks in the country. Using the knowledge and contacts of leading viticulturist, Rosa Kruger, Alheit Vineyards has established itself as the most talked about winery in the Cape.

Chenin Blancs include the highly sought-after Magnetic North, Nautical Dawn and Radio Lazarus, plus their signature Chenin/Semillion blend, Cartology.

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