Alheit Vineyards

Walker Bay, South Africa | website

Learning his trade in the Mosel, Saint Emilion (at Chateau Angelus) and Napa Valley, Chris Alheit has long ago learned to develop his own style: low yields, old vines, minimal use of sulphur and ageing in used oak between 4 and 12 years. And the results are nothing short of magnificent. Neal Martin of eRoberParker.com described the 2011 Cartology as having “…a heavenly bouquet that blossoms from first opening: quince, wild honey, melted candle wax, a touch of almond developing with time and lemon curd. It offers brilliant delineation and gains complexity with time in the glass. The palate is succinctly balanced, fresh as a daisy, brimming with energy from its potent attack to its perfectly focused, mineral-laden finish.” And this is just the beginning! These wines are not to be missed and represent a real renaissance in South African winemaking. Made in very small quantities and highly allocated, both the Cartology and Radio Lazarus are gems and need to be tried!

2014 Cartology


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(88% Chenin Blanc and 12% Semillon; from low-yielding old bush vines): Pale straw-yellow. Fresh, subtle aromas of citrus fruit, pear, honeysuckle, minerals and lanolin, plus a whiff of redcurrant. A laid-back midweight wine with a slight umami salinity to its understated lemon, quince, stone and dried herb flavors. This very young white wine finishes with sneaky persistence.

  • Color White
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml