Alheit Lost and Found 2019 size 37.5cl
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"Lost and Found is straw wine made from an ancient Hanepoot (Muscat Alexandrie) vineyard. This is a once-off wine for us, and a wine of great personal significance for me. It is the last vintage farmed by the De Wet/Boonzaaier family, who lived on and farmed Gevonden for six generations." Chris Alheit
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.
Their goals are simple. They want to make wines with a clear sense of Cape identity. They want to show that the Cape’s vinous heritage is worth celebrating and protecting. They love old vineyards. They love dry farming. They love bushvines. They think that “ordinary grapes” are in fact wonderful. They believe that great things are possible here in the Cape, and that they are now just scratching the surface of what can be done.
WINEMAKING: The 2019 vintage saw a good size crop that attained full ripeness by mid-March. We spread the grapes on wooden racks and on shade cloth, allowing them to dry outdoors for a full two weeks. We pressed the resulting raisins for five days at full pressure, yielding syrup with a sugar concentration of around 54 Brix (54% mass/volume). This juice fermented for more than a year in stainless steel, finally becoming stable at just over 7% alc with a residual sugar of around 450g/l.
TASTING NOTE: It sits in the glass like a smouldering ember, joyous, full of sunshine, reeking of apricots and marmalade fireworks. It tastes completely decadent: Fiery and silky; sweet and sour.