Alheit 'Cartology', Western Cape, South Africa 2016

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Alheit 'Cartology', Western Cape, South Africa 2016

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The eagerly-anticipated sixth release of Chris Alheit's 'Cartology' has now arrived in the UK and it is being offered on a 'first-come, first-served' basis, which, when you think about it, is nothing more than the usual terms of engagement between customer and supplier. In fact, supermarket checkout queues would be pandemonium if any other system were in place. The point I was trying to make, before you so rudely interrupted, was that our allocation is tiny, so don't dilly dally.

The Chenin comes from parcels in the Skurfberg, Perdeberg, Bottelary, False Bay and Botrivier and the Semillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek. You pick up a lot of minerality on the nose, with impressions of crushed chalk and warm clay, leading to succulent stone fruit flavours on the palate and a lovely hint of frangipane. This is an intense and striking wine that is rightfully held up as one of the most important pieces in the Cape's 'old vine' jigsaw. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2025.

Chris says "The nose shows lemon peel, fennel, spearmint, ripe apple and pear, perhaps a touch of honey. The palate is very vibrant and fine, with ample texture and weight. The finish is long and refreshing. For me, this is the most balanced Cartology bottling to date. Is it arrogance to feel so good about a wine? Yep, probably.."

 

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