Alheit Hereafter Here 2020
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PRODUCER: Alheit Vineyards is a family business started in 2010 by husband and wife team Chris and Suzaan Alheit. They met at Stellenbosch University, fell in love, travelled the world together, got married, then travelled some more. Eventually they settled on Hemelrand farm close to Hermanus and started their project.
WINEMAKING: The grapes are hand sorted and whole bunch pressed. The juice is very lightly settled (we like very cloudy raw juice) with no additions to the raw juice, wild fermentation in old barrels (various sizes). Fermentation can last anywhere between three weeks and eleven months. The wine is kept on lees for around twelve months, then rested in tank on fine lees without fining for a further six months prior to bottling. Very simple, careful winemaking.
TASTING NOTES: It sits in the glass like it owns it, full of youthful arrogance and over-confidence, full of sunshine and raw talent. Stone fruit, citrus and apple overlay some warm spice. The palate is an intense, full flavoured mess of sweet and salty fruit. Joyful to drink.