NEW! Chris and Suzaan Alheit 'Cartology', Western Cape, South Africa 2018

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NEW! Chris and Suzaan Alheit 'Cartology', Western Cape, South Africa 2018

34.95

We are offering this wine 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 merchant. 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, is that our allocation is tiny, so don't dilly dally.

Having been lucky enough to attend a vertical tasting of every vintage since its debut in 2011, we can unequivocally state that Cartology is a wine that ages beautifully for at least a decade. The Chenin Blanc component (representing 90% of the blend) comes from a widespread patchwork of parcels along the western coast and the Semillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek. You pick up a lot of minerality and stony crunch on the nose, with impressions of crushed chalk and broken clay, leading to succulent stone fruit and quince flavours on the palate and a delicate 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% alc. Drink now-2030.


Press Reviews:

Jancis Robinson: “Some citrus fruit, green fruits and a light stone-dust minerality. There’s a note of oak spice but it’s subtle. So seductively creamy on the palate but with a piercing freshness to balance. Intense and alive. Stunning new vintage. Drink 2020-2030.” 18 points

Tim Atkin MW: “Is this the best vintage of Cartology since the maiden 2011 release? I reckon so. Made from a blend of Chenin Blanc and 10% Semillon, spanning the Western Cape from Citrusdal Mountain to Faure, it's weighty yet ethereal, with lots of leesy intensity, subtle oak and pear and citrus fruit. Drink 2020-2028.” 95 points


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