Alheit Vineyards Cartology 2019
This wine kept popping up in my life long before I had the chance to take my first sip. I moved to Cape Town in mid-2017 by early 2018, I participated in a game of "Wine Wars," and the first prize was a box-set Cartology Vertical which sadly I did not win. By the end of 2018, Cartology popped up again as a question on my South African Sommeliers Association exam, I don't think I got the question right, but I did pass the exam. In 2019 I got my chance! The Tim Atkin 95+ point tasting. The Alheit's were stationed to the right just as you head into the massive ballroom, everyone bee-lined for the plethora of Sadie wines on display on the other side of the room, but I needed to try this wine... the 2018 was on show... as you can imagine, it did not disappoint!
The 2019 has a stunning golden hue with a slightly tropical nose amidst lightly toasted coconut flakes sprinkled on lemon curd. The wine is dry (only 2g/L) with a fresh round mouthfeel. The palate bursts with bright, juicy lemon notes and hints of pineapple and pear. This wine is abundantly complex with exceptional length.
A blend of 90% Chenin blanc and 10% Sémillon from 30-50-year-old vines. The Chenin comes from parcels in the Skurfberg, Piekenierskloof, Perdeberg, Bottelary, False Bay and Tygerberg. The Sémillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek.
Thank you, Chris and Suzaan, for continuing to make stellar wines!