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Alheit Cartology

Chenin Blanc, Semillon

  • 2020

  • Alc. 13%

  • Western Cape

  • South Africa

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Smell

Complex and layered with rich primary fruit aromas of pear, peach and nectarine. As it warms up in the glass, it expresses hints of sweet rosemary, honeycomb, and orange blossom.

Taste

Proof that flavour intensity doesn't mean a wine has to be heavy, Cartology is a beautiful example of Chenin Blanc. Fresh, lingering acidity balances ripe fruit flavours, which are complimented by a savoury, salty note on the incredibly long finish. This is a wine to savour, as more nuances emerge with some time in the glass. Delicious!

Pairing

We'd humbly suggest enjoying this wine on its own, to appreciate the complexity, but it would pair well with mild cheeses, butter-poached whitefish, or slow-roasted sheet pan chicken legs with fresh herbs.

Aromas and Flavours

Pear

A romantic picnic in the orchard, with your partner and their favourite white wine.

Peach

Fuzzy peach candies, or real-life fuzzy peaches fresh from a fresh B.C fruit stand.

Lemon / Lime

Common in cool climate white wines, this aroma can range from fresh citrus to lemon zest.

Herbs

Your windowsill herb garden gives off a lovely herbal smell every time you walk by.

Honeycomb

Sweet, sticky, creamy goodness buzzing with underlying floral and earthy notes.

Handling and Serving

Serving Temperature
12°C

Cellar
2022 - 2027

Description

If you wanted to try a wine that perfectly captures the quality renaissance that has been quietly happening in South Africa, Alheit's Cartology would be a fantastic place to start. The flagship white wine of Chris and Suzaan Alheit's eponymous winery, Cartology is made primarily from Chenin Blanc, South Africa's most important white grape. This grape, native to France's Loire Valley, was established in South Africa at some point in the 17th century. Believed to have been brought over by either Dutch or French immigrants, it quickly became the most widely-planted grape in the country. It's had a rocky reputation since then, with periods in which it was seen as a simple, uninteresting workhorse grape used mainly for fortified wine. The tides, however, are turning, and the high quality of wines produced from old, bush-farmed vines has gained international recognition.

The Alheit's goal is always to capture the essence of the Western Cape in every wine. This means working with fruit sourced from old, once-forgotten vineyards, and making wine with as little manipulation or intervention as possible. Wines are fermented naturally, with no added yeast, and are bottled with no fining or filtration. Their Cartology should be enjoyed over the next five years at about 12 C.

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