Cartology, 2017

  Alheit Vineyards


Tasted as part of a complete Cartology vertical, the 2017 bristles with underlying energy, controlled power and enticing salinity. Tense, young and compact at the moment with citrus fruit, apple pith, quince and spices. Fresh herbs, dry earth and robust fruit on the palate. Similar to 2015 in profile for its clear fruit, but 2017 saw more hang time and a slower harvest increasing complexity. As always, a multi-regional blend comprising 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Semillon.

Contains Sulphites.

About Alheit Vineyards

Since bursting on to the scene with their debut Cartology 2011, Chris & Suzaan Alheit’s rise has been one of the Cape’s most talked about success stories. Nowadays seen as one of South Africa’s superstar producers, Alheit Vineyards have consistently pushed the boundaries and thrown in heart and soul at every juncture. “2017 is an important release for us, not only because we feel it is the best vintage we’ve ever made, but also because, as I see it, it brings phase one of our story to a close.” Steady commercial and critical success has enabled Alheit to focus on prime single vineyard Chenin sites from all over the Cape, each one a faithful reflection of its region and individual site. Alongside the famous multi-regional, old vine Cartology, the 2017 range brings the total to seven unique bottlings, each produced in tiny quantities. Winemaking is conscientious and adapted to suit the character of each plot. The only hard and fast rules are that all the wines are whole cluster pressed and left to cool overnight, after which they are racked from tank to tank and transferred to neutral barrels for fermentation with plenty of solids in the must to help along the way. Chris and Suzaan Alheit are producing some of the most exciting white wines in the western cape. Flotsam & Jetsam is a side-project and is produced from mostly Stellenbosch fruit. They offer a wonderful introduction to the Alheit style of bright, creamy fruit and vivid, jostling acidites. We fell in love with the straight Cinsault, one of the most attractive and refreshing examples of this variety we can recall.

Appellation: Western Cape

The Western Cape encompasses all of the major wine regions of South Africa. Within this classification is the Cape Winelands, itself made up of the most prominent regions, namely Stellenbosch, Constantia, Franschoek, Paarl, Robertson and Wellington.

Grape Blend: Chenin Blanc | Semillon

A rather uncommon blend of two very common grapes.