Alheit Cartology,Chenin Blanc,2017

Alheit Cartology,Chenin Blanc,2017



Winemaker Notes
The Chenin comes from parcels in the Skurfberg, Perdeberg, Bottelary, and False Bay. The Semillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek.The nose shows lemon peel, fennel, spearmint, ripe apple and pear, perhaps a touch of honey. The palate is very vibrant and fine, with ample texture and weight. The finish is long and refreshing.


Critical Acclaim

The Wine Advocate: The 2017 Cartology Bush Vines represents all that is good about Chenin Blanc from South Africa. With so many different styles existing in South Africa today, the Cartology has a focused and refined nose with a weight on the mid-palate that can be felt by the drinker. This wine is both precise and elegant. Just by feeling the wine on the palate, you begin to sense the love and attention this wine received during its élevage. Muskmelon, creamy peach yogurt and Meyer lemon glide over the palate and will make you do a double take. Sensations of light beeswax and dusty citrus blossoms follow the fruit onto the finish. The wine is full-bodied with a full-structured finish that lingers long.


  • Details

    Blend: 87% Chenin Blanc, 13% Semillon

  • Reviews

    93 Points- Wine Advocate

  • History

    Chris & Suzaan Alheit are a husband and wife team. Having traveled throughout the globe not only enjoying wine but actually making it in many of the most iconic regions from around the world. Including, California’s Napa Valley, Western Australia, Saint-Émilion, Clare Valley, Mosel Valley, New Zealand, Languedoc, Rousillon, Provence, the Northern & Southern Rhone & the Cyclades in Greece.


    To say that their passports are stamped is an understatement!


    In there travels they have found a deep love and admiration from the great classic wines of Europe. It is that love and respect for wines with grace and elegance that inspired them to use traditional wine making techniques and philosophy in their own project they founded in 2011.


    The Alheit’s are absolute minimalists in their winemaking approach. Grapes are whole bunch pressed. No enzymes, sulphur or yeast are used. The grapes undergo natural fermentation in old barrels with absolutely no new oak used. The first sulphur is applied in winter.


    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.


    Cartology has become Alheit’s staple offering. It serves as their poster child and is considered the best possible introduction to Alheit wines. Cartology is made from rare and extraordinary parcels of mature are dry-farmed bushvines, 35–82 years old (although most are around 40 years old).