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The Cartology 2020 - Rarer with each passing vintage and sold mostly on allocation.
Comprised of 93% Chenin blanc and 7% Sémillon, the Chenin grapes come from their parcels in the Skurfberg, Perdeberg, Upper Blaauwklippen, False Bay and Tygerberg whilst the Sémillon grapes come from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek.
Cartology is a vinous exploration of Cape heritage. It’s intended to be a picture of the Cape seen through the lens of her old vineyards in a given vintage. The cuveé is composed of rare and extraordinary parcels of mature dryland bushvines, of heritage grapes, namely Chenin Blanc and Sémillon. These grapes have been planted in the Cape for centuries. Cartology has become Alheit’s staple offering. It serves as a poster child for the project, and also seems to have become a flag bearer for Cape heritage wine in general.
What can you expect?
Well, according to Chris Alheit: "This is the tenth bottling of Cartology, making it a rather special milestone for us. I personally put a great deal of thought into the assembly of this wine, wanting to bottle something beautiful to celebrate the 10th vintage. The wine looks alive and bright, pale gold in colour. Citrus rind and pear ring clear on the nose…there’s a faint herbal/stony echo and some soft cardamom-like spice here too. The palate is sappy and layered, fine and dry with lovely cleansing acidity. Long finish. I’d say more, but I think the wine will speak for itself.”
An extraordinary achievement.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag, 96/100