Alheit Vineyards is a family business started in 2010 by husband and wife team Chris and Suzaan Alheit. They met at Stellenbosch University, fell in love, travelled the world together, got married, then travelled some more. Eventually they settled on Hemelrand farm close to Hermanus and started their project.
Cartology means the study of maps or charts. It could not be more perfect name for this wine. Not only because of the endeavours to search for and find these special old vineyards, but also because the wine itself can be seen as a vinous map or tapestry of the Cape.
The nose is detailed and beautiful – ripe pear and sweet herbs, both citrus juice and rind. The palate is very pure and true, fine boned clarity, lovely proportions, no extra weight. This vintage shows good intensity and saline length. For the winemaker, the key word for this vintage is purity. This wine is already drinking well in its youth, but will reward with maturation.
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