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Alheit Vineyards Hemerland Vine Garden 2020

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 2020, the blend is 32% chardonnay, 25% roussanne, 25% chenin, 13% verdelho, and 5% muscat, native fermented slowly in older wood. Fragrant quince, lemon blossom, and wild pear is shaped with pear skin and decked with a slick of white honeyed lees that carries this medium white through a subtly saline finish. Harmonious.Tasted: 18 February 2024Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
BC$50.00750mlprivate wine stores
Producer: Alheit VineyardsDistributors: Crush Imports
Group Soleil
Blend: Chardonnay - Muscat - Chenin Blanc - Roussanne - VerdelhoUPC: 7000834137968