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Alheit Vineyards Hemerland Vine Garden
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Alheit Vineyards Hemerland Vine Garden 2018

Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Walker Bay, Overberg, South AfricaChris Alheit is one of South Africa's top winemakers and old vine rescuers, working closely with the Old Vine Project to preserve the country's OV heritage, and making expressive wines of place, like this. Hans Evenhuis planted this vineyard on Hemelrand (Hemel-en-Aarde) in 2010, on gravelly clay and sandstones at 350m, and Alheit calls it Vine Garden, based on the numerous varieties trialled here. The wine is made and bottled just as the vineyard and vintage dictates, creating a white field blend that changes every year. In 2018, that yielded 29% Chardonnay, 3% Muscat, 30% Chenin Blanc, 31% Roussanne, 7% Verdelho. Low intervention throughout, this goes through long, slow native ferment in older wood. Fuller in the mouth, but held to a welcome and fresh 13.5 degrees, this creamy white flows with quince, white peach, and orange blossom, blanketed with lees, and all tightly bound by fine skin tannins, lingering with a sandstone buzz. Allow this youthful wine to stretch its wings in your glass. Ready for drinking now or over short term. A lovely, serious vintage of Vine Garden.Tasted: 11 April 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 40.00 private wine stores Producer: Alheit VineyardsDistributors: Crush Imports
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Blend: Chardonnay - Muscat - Chenin Blanc - Roussanne - VerdelhoUPC: 7000834137968