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    Alheit Vineyards

    About Alheit Vineyards

    Alheit Vineyards is most uncommon for a new producer to achieve the desirable epithet of “cult” status so quickly, but Chris and Suzaan Alheit’s first vintage of Cartology brought an almost hysterical level of interest from the fine wine world - not a sphere prone to hyperbole! 

     

    Neal Martin (Vinous) was, and continues to be, just about as ardent an advocate for the Western Cape winery as one could imagine: 

    “So, you want a headline "a snappy eye-catching shelf-talker"? Here’s one. “Chris and Suzaan Alheit have made South Africa’s greatest debut Chenin Blanc.” Having chanced upon his wine in Cape Town, I met the very jet-lagged winemaker who had just landed at Heathrow. Despite his understandable lethargy, his unbridled passion came through, a man determined to seek out the best sites for Chenin Blanc and create a world-class wine. Having cut his teeth in the Mosel, Saint Emilion (at Chateau Angelus) and Napa Valley, Chris is obviously not hidebound by tradition, abiding by his own beliefs: low yields, old vines (though not necessarily the oldest), minimal use of sulphur and ageing in used oak between 4 and 12 years. He told me of his plans to seek out single vineyard sites and create a Burgundy-like portfolio of “Village” and “Premier Crus.” I have no doubt that he will succeed, although my mind boggles if this is the ethereal quality of his “Village Cru” - Neal Martin (Vinous)

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    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Alheit Vineyards Cartology Bush Vines 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £274.07
    2015

    Alheit Vineyards Cartology Bush Vines 2015 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    The 2015 Cartology is developing a succinct, quite gorgeous bouquet with jasmine, sea spray and a hint of linseed. There is real complexity within this Cartology, very focused and taut. The palate is vivid and bright, conveying real energy and poise with wonderful salinity towards the finish, touches of hazelnut and Chinese 5-spice on the aftertaste. This is a scintillating, quite cerebral Cartology that is going to give a lot of pleasure. Tasted at the Alheit seminar with Chris Alheit in London.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Western Cape 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £274.07
    Alheit Vineyards Cartology Bush Vines 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £274.07
    2018

    Alheit Vineyards Cartology Bush Vines 2018 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (93)

    The 2018 Cartology, a blend of 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Sémillon this year, is whole-cluster-pressed with no SO2 addition, and matured in used oak. It has a well defined, pure bouquet of dried honey, yellow flower, honeysuckle and lanolin aromas that instantly seduce the senses. The palate is beautifully balanced with a slightly oily-textured opening, the intensity deftly counterbalanced by the fine bead of acidity, and a discreet spiciness toward the finish. This is very harmonious and persistent, an effortless Cartology that should age with style. Superb.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Western Cape 6x75cl 2 93 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £274.07
    Alheit Vineyards Hemelrand Vine Garden 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £247.67
    2017

    Alheit Vineyards Hemelrand Vine Garden 2017 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (90)

    From vines planted in 2010, the 2017 Hemelrand Vine Garden was matured in old neutral barrels and cement egg. It has a clean, pure bouquet of lemon curd, albumen and light yellow flowers. The palate is well balanced, with a taut line of acidity, and quite saline in the mouth. The sharp, slightly flinty finish oddly reminds me of a mature Chablis. Very fine.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Cape South Coast 6x75cl 2 90 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £247.67
    Alheit Vineyards Hemelrand Vine Garden 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £166.07
    2018

    Alheit Vineyards Hemelrand Vine Garden 2018 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (93)

    The 2018 Hemelrand Vine Garden is whole-cluster-pressed and matured in oak and foudres. It has a very seductive bouquet of honeysuckle, passion fruit and hints of beeswax that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a saline opening, plus a fine bead of acidity. There is a light saline lick toward the finish that becomes nuttier with aeration, although this does not quite deliver the complexity of Alheit’s best Chenin Blancs. Still, it is a lovely white blend that should age with style.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Cape South Coast 6x75cl 1 93 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £166.07
    Alheit Vineyards Nautical Dawn 2020 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £337.67
    2020

    Alheit Vineyards Nautical Dawn 2020 (6x75cl)

    Tim Atkin MW (97)

    Can you smell the ocean in this wine? I reckon you can, along with a breeze barrelling off False Bay. Pure, salty and bracingly fresh, with leesy weight, granitic intensity, wonderful definition, focus and tension and a finish that lingers like a haunting refrain. 2023-32
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Western Cape 6x75cl 1 97 (TA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £337.67
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Alheit Vineyards Cartology Bush Vines 2015 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £215.00
    2015

    Alheit Vineyards Cartology Bush Vines 2015 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    The 2015 Cartology is developing a succinct, quite gorgeous bouquet with jasmine, sea spray and a hint of linseed. There is real complexity within this Cartology, very focused and taut. The palate is vivid and bright, conveying real energy and poise with wonderful salinity towards the finish, touches of hazelnut and Chinese 5-spice on the aftertaste. This is a scintillating, quite cerebral Cartology that is going to give a lot of pleasure. Tasted at the Alheit seminar with Chris Alheit in London.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Western Cape 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £215.00
    Alheit Vineyards Cartology Bush Vines 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £215.00
    2018

    Alheit Vineyards Cartology Bush Vines 2018 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (93)

    The 2018 Cartology, a blend of 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Sémillon this year, is whole-cluster-pressed with no SO2 addition, and matured in used oak. It has a well defined, pure bouquet of dried honey, yellow flower, honeysuckle and lanolin aromas that instantly seduce the senses. The palate is beautifully balanced with a slightly oily-textured opening, the intensity deftly counterbalanced by the fine bead of acidity, and a discreet spiciness toward the finish. This is very harmonious and persistent, an effortless Cartology that should age with style. Superb.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Western Cape 6x75cl 2 93 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £215.00
    Alheit Vineyards Hemelrand Vine Garden 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £193.00
    2017

    Alheit Vineyards Hemelrand Vine Garden 2017 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (90)

    From vines planted in 2010, the 2017 Hemelrand Vine Garden was matured in old neutral barrels and cement egg. It has a clean, pure bouquet of lemon curd, albumen and light yellow flowers. The palate is well balanced, with a taut line of acidity, and quite saline in the mouth. The sharp, slightly flinty finish oddly reminds me of a mature Chablis. Very fine.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Cape South Coast 6x75cl 2 90 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £193.00
    Alheit Vineyards Hemelrand Vine Garden 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £125.00
    2018

    Alheit Vineyards Hemelrand Vine Garden 2018 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (93)

    The 2018 Hemelrand Vine Garden is whole-cluster-pressed and matured in oak and foudres. It has a very seductive bouquet of honeysuckle, passion fruit and hints of beeswax that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a saline opening, plus a fine bead of acidity. There is a light saline lick toward the finish that becomes nuttier with aeration, although this does not quite deliver the complexity of Alheit’s best Chenin Blancs. Still, it is a lovely white blend that should age with style.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Cape South Coast 6x75cl 1 93 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £125.00
    Alheit Vineyards Nautical Dawn 2020 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £268.00
    2020

    Alheit Vineyards Nautical Dawn 2020 (6x75cl)

    Tim Atkin MW (97)

    Can you smell the ocean in this wine? I reckon you can, along with a breeze barrelling off False Bay. Pure, salty and bracingly fresh, with leesy weight, granitic intensity, wonderful definition, focus and tension and a finish that lingers like a haunting refrain. 2023-32
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Western Cape 6x75cl 1 97 (TA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £268.00

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