Alheit Vineyards 2020 Cartology
2020 sees the tenth release of this iconic South African wine from pioneering winemaker Chris Alheit. This is another hugely successful vintage. The palate initially gives the impression of weight and density, but there is lightness and a crystalline purity. We have not noticed the creaminess in that this wine has in previous vintages tasted at this young stage.
This Month's Mixed Cases
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.
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.
Alheit Vineyard's Stunning 2020s
2020 was a dry year for Alheit Vineyards, following on from the abundant 2019. The yields were incredibly small: according to Chris this was the most expensive vintage to produce to date. The single-vineyard that produces Magnetic North yielded a paltry 1.35 tonnes per hectare. Bad for Chris, but great for us. This wine is the single greatest South African wine I have tasted. That sentiment extends across all the wines produced here. His flagship wine, Cartology, has produced its best vintage yet.
There is some other good news. There is a new wine this year, Hereafter Here, which is a slight departure for Chris, as this is made from young vines from two sites in Stellenbosch. You can still see the Alheit DNA in this wine for its balance of purity and concentration.
Finally, the wine formerly known as La Colline Semillon has now changed its name to Monument, due to a trademark issue with another producer.