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Cartology 2010

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Concept: CARTOLOGY (meaning the study of maps) is a vinous exploration of Cape heritage. It is intended to be a picture of the Cape, seen through the lens of her mature vineyards, in a given vintage. Therefore, the cuveé is composed of rare and extraordinary parcels of mature dryland bushvines. Naturally, the varieties used are also heritage varieties, namely Chenin blanc and Semillon. They have been planted in the Cape for centuries. Composition: CARTOLOGY 2011: 30% Perdeberg, 30% Skurfberg (Citrusdal Mountain), 20% Kasteelberg, 12% Bottelary Hills (all Chenin Blanc) 8% Franschhoek (very old Semillon vineyard)

Region: South Africa

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Color: White
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
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Alheit Vineyards:
Chris and Suzaan Alheit are a husband and wife team. They’ve worked in the Cape wine industry, as well as working harvests together in California’s Napa Valley, Western Australia, St.Emilion in France, Clare Valley in South Australia, and Germany’s Mosel River. During their travels they also toured and tasted in New Zealand, Languedoc, Rousillon, Provence, the Northern and S... Read more
Chris and Suzaan Alheit are a husband and wife team. They’ve worked in the Cape wine industry, as well as working harvests together in California’s Napa Valley, Western Australia, St.Emilion in France, Clare Valley in South Australia, and Germany’s Mosel River. During their travels they also toured and tasted in New Zealand, Languedoc, Rousillon, Provence, the Northern and Southern Rhone, and the Cyclades (Greece).   These adventures overseas filled them with a tremendous respect and admiration for the great wines of Europe. To them Europe is the heartland of truly fine wine, and they wish to apply lessons learnt there to what they do here in the Cape.   “Traveling gave us a lot of valuable perspective. It also cemented a real sense of excitement for what the Cape can achieve if we play to our strengths. The Old World way of thinking really inspired us.”   Making wine has become a family affair. Parents, Bates and Michelle Alheit play a critical role in the business, as do their ever enthusiastic friends Hans and Mary Anne Evenhuis.   Alheit Vineyards is based on Hemelrand, a beautiful mountain farm situated high on the Hemel & Aarde Ridge in Walker Bay. This rugged piece of fynbos covered land belongs to Hans and Mary Anne Evenhuis. Complete with stone buildings, Hemelrand is planted to an olive grove, lavender fields and a very exciting vineyard. Read less

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Snooth User: Erica Landin
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4.50 5
10/16/2012

One of the most mentioned white blends at the Cape Wine 2012 fair where journalists from around the world got together with South African producers, importers and random groupies (just kidding, it was all highly professional). A rich, slightly waxy chenin blanc with lots of minerality and a honeysuckle, white peach nose. Interesting wine with huge potential!



Tasting Notes:

Tasting notes: The nose is a complex, almost aggressive, showing ripe stone fruits and quince, punctuated by high notes of limey citrus and honey. The palate shows ample power, without excess weight. It has a fine form; seamless from the formidable attack, through mineral laden somewhat “nervous” mid palate. Persistent finish, final impression is refreshing and moreish.

Concept: CARTOLOGY (meaning the study of maps) is a vinous exploration of Cape heritage. It is intended to be a picture of the Cape, seen through the lens of her mature vineyards, in a given vintage. Therefore, the cuveé is composed of rare and extraordinary parcels of mature dryland bushvines. Naturally, the varieties used are also heritage varieties, namely Chenin blanc and Semillon. They have been planted in the Cape for centuries. Composition: CARTOLOGY 2011: 30% Perdeberg, 30% Skurfberg (Citrusdal Mountain), 20% Kasteelberg, 12% Bottelary Hills (all Chenin Blanc) 8% Franschhoek (very old Semillon vineyard)

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