Alheit Vineyards 2020 Hereafter Here Chenin Blanc

£27.00
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SAWCWALHH20B

This is the maiden vintage of this wine and is slight departure from Chris Alheit's philosophy in that this is made from relatively young Chenin Blanc vines, which gives Chris more flexibility in sourcing grapes, based on the quality of the vineyard and not just a prescribed age of vines. The grapes are sourced from two young blocks in Stellenbosch. One is one granite soils in the Polkadraai Hills, the other from deep red soil in Upper Blaauwklippen. Chris intends to use other vineyards for future releases including those from his own estate-owned sites in Swartland. The wine is already showing great potential. The palate is creamy and textured with lifted floral touches and complex minerality. You can certainly see the Alheit DNA in this excellent debut.

Grape Varieties
Maturity

Drink 2022 - 2028+

Viticulture

Conventional

Size / ABV

Standard Bottle 75cl / 13.69%

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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.

The Vintage

Alheit's Stunning 2020s

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.


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