This amazing Alheit Cartology 2015 wine is complex and layered, expressing different waves of flavor with each mouthful. A much loved cult wine that is amplified by the incredible vintage that was 2015.
On the nose the wine is a complex, both earthy and bright, showing lemon peel, enticing aromas of citrus zest, fresh sliced apples, stone fruits and hints of honeysuckle.
On the palate, stunning richness. Remarkably well balanced ripe pear, honey and limey citrus come to mind; finish is very long, with a noticeable interplay of saline, sweet, tart elements.
Great wine for Thanksgiving! Pairs with white meats such as turkey, chicken, veal. Also great with scallops, trout, halibut, smoked salmon, guinea fowl, terrine, pâté. Taste with soft to semi-firm cow’s milk cheeses, such as triple-cream brie, Gruyere, cream cheese, yogurt and cheddar. Alheit Cartology also pairs very well with herb-crusted goat cheeses and vegetables like yam and squash.
93 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Chris Alheit told me that at present, the 2015 Cartology Bush Vines comes from nine vineyards. It offers complex and quite arresting aromas of walnut, wax resin, linseed and smoke that blossom in the glass, always as much an intellectual proposition as a sensory one. The palate is well balanced with superb balanced, very saline in the mouth, evoking images of the sea, fanning out with citrus fruit mixed with hazelnut and Chinese five spice. This is yet another killer wine in the Cartology series since 2011.”
Chenin Blanc is possibly the most versatile of all wine grape varieties. It is an expressive varietal that makes beautiful and crisp, dry table wines, light sparkling wines, long-lasting, nectar-like dessert wines, and even brandy are all produced in various areas of the wine world, all using dominantly or entirely Chenin Blanc grapes.
The native region for Chenin is the Loire Valley in France (where the grape is often called Pineau de la Loire, with reports tracing the white wine grape back as far as the ninth century. It has been confirmed that it was brought to South Africa in the 1600’s. Today, it is the major white variety in South Africa, where nearly a fifth of all vines are Chenin Blanc (also called Steen); much of the Chenin Blanc grown in South Africa is used for brandy production.
Alheit Vineyards, founded by Chris and Suzaan Alheit a husband and wife team, is the new winery everybody is talking about. Alheit’s aim is to make wines that have a fine form and are not bulky. The result is finely crafted wines that have ample power, but no excess weight.
‘We are trying to make authentically Cape wine, that can’t be imitated in other parts of the world,’ explains Chris.