Alheit 'Cartology', Western Cape, South Africa 2015

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Alheit 'Cartology', Western Cape, South Africa 2015

29.50

"The early bird catches the worm, although it's the second mouse that gets the cheese."

The eagerly-anticipated fifth release of Chris Alheit's 'Cartology' has just 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.

Chris Alheit thinks it is his best vintage so far, which is bad news, because it means he is keeping more back for himself. 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. Chris says "this bottling is intensely flavoured; ripe pear, honey and limey citrus come to mind. There are herbal/floral notes too - spearmint and lime leaf. As with all of our 2015s, the natural acid is a treat."

Jamie Goode: " 'The idea was to make a very Cape wine from very Cape vineyards,’ says Chris Alheit. ‘This is the same set of vineyards we have been working with since 2013. The initial growth of 20 to 40 then to 80 barrels is because we just bought more of the vineyards that we knew worked.’ There are 9 parcels in this. Complex and detailed with lovely spicy structure to the pear and ripe apple fruit, with some citrus peel freshness. Lovely acid structure sitting under the complex fruit, with a structured finish. Has some pear skin on the finish, and a hint of green tea. Just lovely." 94 points

Treve Ring: "Wild ferment, bush vines from nine parcels in Skurfberg, Perdeberg, Bottelary, False Bay and Botrivier. The Semillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek (still the same building blocks since the initial Cartology). Lovely pear, orange blossoms glide on creamy silkiness on the palate, with fine spicing and herbal lees on the finish. There’s an interesting mint flick that appears now and again. Complex and youthful still, this has a way to go." 93 points

The 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." 93 points

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