Alheit Vineyards Hemelrand Vine Garden 2021


Chardonnay 36%, Roussanne 27%, Chenin Blanc 18%, Verdelho 16%, Muscat 3%

Exotic nose, lemon and stone fruit, touch of verbena. Full fat, energetic palate, gleaming with flavour and intensity. Driving acidity.

Hemelrand it is situated on the cold and windy Hemel & Aarde Ridge at 360 meters above sea level on gravelly clay and Sandstone. The vineyard was planted in 2010 to Chardonnay, Roussanne, Verdelho, Chenin blanc, and Muscat Blanc a Petit Grain. However, as mentioned, the proportions of the different grapes produced significantly varies each vintage. Viticulturally speaking, this is a marginal site, the upside of which is slow ripening with high natural acidity.

The grapes were picked early in the morning, sorting in the vineyard, and whole bunch pressed. The juice was very lightly settled with no additions to the raw juice, wild fermentation took place in old barrels of various sizes. In this vintage, it so happened that the Chenin, Verdelho and Muscat were picked on the same day, pressed and fermented together. Fermentation lasted for about two months, except for the Roussanne which fermented for about nine months as usual. The wine was kept on lees for around twelve months, then rested in tank on fine lees without fining for a further six months prior to bottling. Very simple, careful winemaking.

ANALYSIS: ALC 13.85% | RS 2.43g/L | 6.47 g/L | 3.22 g/L


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Hemelrand Vine Garden is a unique vineyard that produces a unique wine. The idea is to bottle the wine just as the vineyard produces it, effectively creating a white field blend that changes every year depending on the vintage conditions. This way we have one place expressed by a few different grapes, changing as the season dictates. The wine is always remarkable and continues to gain in stature as the vines mature.

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