It's a special day when Chris Alheit releases his latest vintages. Most of us know Chris and his wife, Suzaan, and their flagship old vine Chenin-based masterpiece, Cartology, well enough by now. Most of us know the story of how their maiden release in 2011 achieved cult status with unprecedented speed, the critics slathering the wine with an almost alarming intensity of praise and adoration. For those who do not, let's just say that we've never seen anything like it in our decade-and-a-half of buying from South Africa.
Chris Alheit is a modest and committed winemaker with every right to think very highly of his wines. When he and Suzaan made their first wine, Cartology 2011, the review they received didn't actually leave much room for improvement. But improve they have. Since they launched Alheit Vineyards at the end of 2010, they have led the way in finding the best heritage vineyards and making them sing in their wines.
FROM THE PRESS
“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.”Jancis Robinson on the 2018