2013 Alheit Vineyards Cartology, Western Cape

2013 Alheit Vineyards Cartology, Western Cape

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2013 Alheit Vineyards Cartology, Western Cape


There is such a buzz about this wine that I was very intrigued to try it for the first time this year, and it was quite an experience. A blend of Chenin Blanc (86%) and Semillon (12%), the 2013 Cartology is made from very old, dry-farmed bush vines, the oldest dating back to 1932. It is not open or giving at present but you can feel the power of those old vines being shielding as if behind a cloak at present, ready to burst forth with age.

This is serious wine; it has depth, richness and incredible potential. Quite honestly, I cannot begin to guess quite how long this will last. On a conservative estimate, I would say at least ten years. This is a wine to open a bottle of each year over the next decade to see how it develops. Drink 2016 -2025+.
Catriona Felstead MW, Wine Buyer
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Alheit Vineyards

Alheit Vineyards

It is rare for a new producer to achieve cult status almost immediately, but Chris and Suzaan Alheit’s first (2011) vintage of Cartology brought them unexpected fame; this is now one of the most tightly allocated South African names on the market.

The aim of the winery is to “vinify extraordinary Cape vineyards (sic)... to find the voice of the land itself. Whether that voice be a choir of amazing blocks blended into one bottle, or the purity and beauty of a single vineyard soloist.” Using the knowledge and contacts of leading viticulturist, Rosa Kruger, the couple sought out some of the oldest vineyard blocks in the country. Chenin Blanc accounts for 88 percent of the total blend and comes from four separate sites around the Western Cape:

35 percent Skurfberg – sourced from three separate farms
31 percent Perdeberg – Uitsig farm
12 percent Bottelary Hills – Radio Lazarus
10 percent Kasteelberg – Riebeeck Mountain planted on schist soils

The remaining 12 percent component is very old vine Semillon from La Colline on the Robertsvlei Road in Franschhoek.
The winery itself is a rented shed, originally conceived as an olive oil production facility, on the Hemel-en-Aarde road out of Hermanus, a far cry from their vineyard sources on the western coast.

There were only 43 barrels made of 2013 Cartology. Suffice it to say that availability is extremely limited.

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2013 from 4 old blocks of Chenin Blanc, one (12%) of Semillon. Scents of warmed stone, fynbos, fruit (with semillon's lanolin and lemon). Triumphant but understated power maintained from start to long, long finish. Already complex layers of sweet, serene flavours in supple, silky harmony. Will develop.
4/5 Platter Wine Guide , wineonaplatter.com, Nov 2014 Read more