Alheit Cartology 2019
PRODUCER: Cartology (meaning the study of maps) is a vinous exploration of Cape heritage. It’s intended to be a picture of the Cape, seen through the lens of her mature vineyards, in a given vintage. Therefore, the cuveé is composed of rare and extraordinary parcels of mature dryland bushvines. Naturally, the varieties used are also heritage varieties, namely Chenin blanc and Semillon. They have been planted in the Cape for centuries.
WINEMAKING: As a rule, the Cartology parcels are dry farmed bushvines, with a minimum age of 30 years, with most being around 40 years old. Alheit are extremely picky about the parcels and so the Chenin comes from our parcels in the Skurfberg, Perdeberg, Bottelary, and False Bay. The Semillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek. If the yield one vintage is too high or of poor quality, the parcel of land can be declassified for future use (talk about perfectionists!). The grapes are cooled, carefully hand sorted, and whole bunch pressed. The resulting juice is lightly settled. Old oak barrels catch the free run juice and then it's left alone. Once fermentation sets in, each barrel is monitored daily.TASTING NOTE: Is this the best vintage of Cartology since the maiden 2011 release? We 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 lees-y intensity, subtle oak and pear and citrus fruit. 2020-28.