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Alheit Vineyards Cartology 2015

Western Cape, South AfricaThe terrif 2015 shines here in this lauded chenin, splashed with 14 percent sémillon. The goal of Cartology, the study of maps, according to Alheit was “to make a very Cape wine from very Cape vineyards.” This vintage was up to 80 barrels, but will be drawn back most likely to 60 barrels to make more single site wines in future. Wild ferment, bush vines from nine parcels in Skurfberg, Perdeberg, Bottelary, False Bay and Botrivier. The Semillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek (still the same building blocks since the initial Cartology 7 vintages ago). Lovely pear, orange blossoms glide on creamy silkiness on the palate, with fine spicing and herbal lees on the finish. There’s an interesting mint flick that appears now and again. Complex and youthful still, this has a way to go.Tasted: 29 May 2017Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: Alheit VineyardsDistributors: Crush Imports
Group Soleil
Blend: Chenin Blanc - Sémillon