Live Auction, 14 September 2019

Alheit Vineyards; Cartology; 2013; 12 (2 x 6); 750ml
Lot 198

Lot Estimate
R 5 500 - 7 500
Selling Price
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R 5 463
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Cartology, 2013
12 (2 x 6) 750ml
Setting the wine world on fire with their maiden 2011 Alheit Vineyards Cartology release, husband and wife team Chris and Suzaan Alheit set out to harness the best old vineyards across the Cape. With a passionate and detailed focus on expression of place, sourcing tiny, long-forgotten parcels of predominantly white grapes, today they produce South Africa’s most profound white wines. From the legendary ‘Skurfberg’ area, South Africa’s ‘grand cru’ site for Chenin Blanc.
Previously selected as one of Decanter magazine’s top four wines of 2013, Cartology is one of the most recognisable Cape white blends today.

Critics Ratings

The bouquet is very well-defined with great clarity, very reminiscent of the 2011, opening up with aeration to reveal subtle scents of lemon curd, apricot, honeysuckle and Mirabelle. The palate is well-balanced, harmonious in the mouth, everything understated at first, but it builds nicely toward a taut, saline finish… Succinct is the word that comes to mind - and that is not an easy attribute to instill into a wine’ Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (October 2014), 93/100

13 from 4 old blocks of Chenin, one (12%) of Semillon. Scents of warmed stone, fynbos, fruit (with semillon’s lanolin & lemon). Triumphant but understated power from start to long, long finish. Already complex layers of sweet, serene flavours in supple, silky harmony. Will develop.’ Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2015, 4.5*

This is really spicy on the nose, more rocky and mineral. Real tension here, arrow-like at the core but clothed in non-sweet lemony fruit depth. This has so much tension and some grip in the texture. Less creamy but very fruity, more peppery on the finish. Becoming very scented on the nose. Not the same concentration as in 2011 and 2014 but more minerally and direct.’ Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com (July 2018), 17/20

(88% Chenin Blanc and 12% Semillon; from low-yielding old bush vines): Pale straw-yellow. Fresh, subtle aromas of citrus fruit, pear, honeysuckle, minerals and lanolin, plus a whiff of redcurrant. A laid-back midweight wine with a slight umami salinity to its understated lemon, quince, stone and dried herb flavors. This very young white wine finishes with sneaky persistence.’ Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com (June 2015), 91/100

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