Alheit Cartology 2018
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, the parcel of land can be declassified for future use (talk about perfectionists!). The 2018 Cartology, a blend of 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Semillon this year, is whole-cluster-pressed with no SO2 addition, and matured in used oak.TASTING NOTES: Dried honey, yellow flower, honeysuckle and lanolin aromas that instantly seduce the senses. The palate is beautifully balanced with a slightly oily-textured opening, the intensity deftly counterbalanced by the fine bead of acidity, and a discreet spiciness toward the finish. This is very harmonious and persistent, an effortless Cartology that should age with style. Superb.