Alheit Vineyards 2019 Magnetic North

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Magnetic North is, alongside Huilkrans and Nautical Dawn, one of Chris Alheit's top single origin Chenin Blancs, as opposed to his Cartology whose origin is mobile from year to year. The wine is made from two 1 hectare parcels, planted in 1981 and 1984, dry farmed and ungrafted. The yields produced here at pathetically small at 1.5 hectolitres per hectare.

With yields so low it's not hard to imagine the density and concentration of this wine, yet is not locked up, the nose is packed with fruit: grapefruit and ripe pear with fresh herbs.

The Producer

Alheit Vineyards

As one of South Africa’s newest producers, Alheit Vineyards declares its aim as being ‘to vinify extraordinary Cape vineyards’. The fact that Chris and Suzaan Alheit set out on their venture to make only white wine, is a testament to their commitment to seek out some of the oldest vineyard blocks in the country. Using the knowledge and contacts of leading viticulturist, Rosa Kruger, within two short years, Alheit Vineyards has established itself as the most talked about winery in the Cape, with its limited releases being highly sought-after.

The Country

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa is developing at break-neck speed, so much so that I find it difficult to keep up with all the new, young, driven producers making the next big thing from old-vine Chenin or Chenin blends. There are many high points in our range, but worthy of particular mention are the cool, coastal wines of Newton Johnson, makers of Noble Grape’s favourite best value Pinot Noir, and the quite incredible wines of Chris Williams from The Foundry. From time to time we will have parcels of the aforementioned parcel wines, so keep checking out our latest releases.

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