2015 Alheit Vineyards "Cartology" Chenin Blanc Western Cape SKU #1282696


RP 93 VN 93 WS 92
ST 91 WE 91
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Named after the science of mapmaking, Cartology is Alheit's ode to the geography of the Cape. Comprising heritage grapes (Chenin Blanc and Semillon) grown on mature, bushvines from parcels in the Skurfberg, Perdeberg, Bottelary, False Bay, Franschhoek and Botrivier. Winemaker's notes on the 2015 vintage: "almost think it’s enough to quietly inform you that 2015 was an extremely good vintage for white wine in the Cape. So much so, that we’re keeping quite a bit more than usual for ourselves. This bottling is intensely flavoured; ripe pear, honey and limey citrus come to mind. There are herbal/floral notes too--spearmint and lime leaf. As with all of our 2015s, the natural acid is a treat."

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  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    Cartology “maps” out the most significant and favored old vines this dynamic husband and wife winemaking team (Chris and Suzaan Alheit) own or have access to from their neighbors. This bottling brings those plots together in a meaningful cuvee that is the picture of South African’s finest expressions. A full dense nose alerts you immediately that this will be a full bodied wine ready for deep thoughts and lots of return sips to watch the wine graduate through many beautiful cycles. Lemon curd and mineral tones start the procession as yellow plumb and a variety of dry field herbs start to file into place. The first viscous sip confirms the nose’s intuition as the palate fills with briny lemon, ripe plum that is carried by the acid balance you hoped would structure the wine. The finish is long and almost unending…
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    Another beautiful showing from South Africa. The Cartology shows a rich, creamy palate with the Semillon being very prominent. Quince, lanolin, and a nice herbal component. It is never heavy, with a perfect balance between the richness and the acidity. It can definitely fill the niche for those wanting something different, and yet quite delicious!


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