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Alheit Vineyards Cartology 2016

14% abv

This is the sixth vintage release of Cartology. When I tasted the range of wines with Chris in May, he commented that everyone was moaning about the harvest conditions, although the vintage had proved to be relatively kind to Alheit, even if it had been extremely dry with uneven ripening, even on the same vine. Chris took the strategic position to pick the most important Cartology parcels first at the potential expense of the other vineyards he buys grapes from. In 2015, there were a total of 80 barrels of Cartology – the largest – and easiest vintage to make to date. By the end of the 2016 ferments, there were 69 barrels, however he’d had to acidify around 30 of these casks and ended up selling them off in bulk. Not an easy decision, given the cost of the raw materials. Regardless, the 2016 retains constant in both vineyard sites and blend, with 11% of Franchhoek Semillon added to the core of Chenin.

Alheit Vineyardsis perhaps the most highly sought after wine from South Africa. Small, ancient, dry-farmed vineyard plots of Chenin Blanc & Semillon have been tracked down and nurtured to produce their wines. The wines are made by Chris & Suzaan Alheit in their winery in Hemelrand, Hemel & Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay, surrounded by fynbos, olive groves & lavender. The grapes are cooled, carefully hand sorted and whole bunch pressed. The resulting juice is lightly settled, run off into old oak barrels and then left alone for the wild yeasts to enjoy. Once fermentation sets in, each barrel is monitored daily. All these wines are limited in production and sell on allocation.

£32.00inclusive of Duty and VAT

Limited stock, only 2 remaining

As one of South Africa’s newest producers, Alheit Vineyard 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, within two short years, Alheit Vineyards has established itself as the most talked about winery in the Cape, with its limited releases being highly sought-after.

Winery space is rented in shed, originally conceived as an olive oil production facility, on the Hemel-en-Aarde road out of Hermanus. Probably as far away as one could expect to be from their primary grape sources on the West Coast.

Reference #:
14 ABV
Bottles per Case
6 bottles
Chenin Blanc, Semillon

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We use leading carrier DPD, providing a Track and Trace Next Day Service.

All orders confirmed by us before 12 noon will be eligible for next day delivery. Exact delivery date is dependent on collation of your order and will be confirmed to you in a subsequent email from you order confirmation.

Deliveries are normally between 09.00 and 17.00 Tuesday to Friday and a signature is required on receipt of delivery. (We do not ship on a Friday for Monday delivery unless specfically requested to do so).

If you are out a card is left, with an instruction to call the local depot to re-arrange delivery. Alternatively you can inform us to “leave safe”, “leave with a neighbour”, “leave in garage” etc. and we will pass this information onto the courier. Please remember that, in accordance with our Terms & Conditions, alcohol will only be left with persons over 18 Years Old.

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