“For those new to Alheit Wines and perhaps not aware of the fact, Cartology is our flagbearer, the wines that sums up our core ideas and goals. All dry farmed mature bushvines, all excellent parcels, all heritage wine all the way. Maximum effort. I said it last year and I’ll say it again; ‘Weight and power are not the same thing. Here’s a wine with a moderate palate weight that is both intensity and power.’ The nose is wonderful – kumquat citrus, oatmeal and honey, maybe elderflower. The palate is fine and bright, reminiscent of salty/sweet candied lemon, great length.”
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Cartology was the first wine Chris and Suzaan Alheit ever released and it remains their staple offering. If you cannot get your hands on any of their single vineyard wines, then this is certainly the best possible introduction into their offering. Unmistakably showing their love for Chenin Blanc with 13% Semillon added to the blend of vineyard parcels.
As a rule all the vineyards used in this wine must have a minimum age of 30 years and be dry farmed bushvines. Should the quality of the grapes from a specific vineyard not be up to their standard it would simply not end up in the final wine. The quality of this wine can never be questioned, but the volumes might vary year on year.
The Chenin Blanc parcels are from Skurfberg, Piekenierskloof, Paardeberg, Bottelary, False Bay and Tygerberg. The Semillon portion comes from the La Colline vineyard in Franschhoek.
Corlien describes the wine as one of her favourite vintages to date. Bruised apple, honeysuckle and smoky notes with a touch of fynbos and a beautiful taught salinity on the finish. Only old oak and concrete fermenters were used, so there is no oak expression on the wine. The wine has a tight natural acidity and would benefit from decanting at an early age, or better even, a bit of cellar aging.
Buy a few bottles for the future. You will be rewarded!