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Alheit Vineyards; Radio Lazarus; 2012; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml
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Lot 42

Radio Lazarus, 2012
6 (1 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.
The 2018 vintage, auctioned off in June, was the last vintage ever produced and this, their debut vintage and first single vineyard release, is incredibly difficult to find in the market today.

Sold for R 12 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 13 656

Estimate R 9 000 - 12 000


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‘The debut 2012 Radio Lazarus is pure Chenin Blanc and is a wine that readers should “tune in” for. It is their first single vineyard release, …though by all accounts this parcel took months to locate. It comes from vines perched on top of the Bottelary Hills at around 400 meters: dry farmed Chenin Blanc planted in 1978 that had been sold off in bulk. Chris actually made a small quantity of 2011, though not enough to be commercialized and yet he found the potential evident. (Incidentally, the name comes from the fact that the vineyard is overlooked by a radio mast and “Lazarus” who was raised from the dead, since the vines were due to be grubbed up the year that Chris discovered them.) It has a superbly defined bouquet with wax resin, vanilla creams, pineapple, sunflower seed and orange blossom that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is well-balanced with a fine line of acidity. It is an unpretentious Chenin Blanc that is deceptively understated on the entry, but it builds in the mouth to a lovely mango, pineapple and white pepper-tinged finish. The Radio Lazarus …constitutes a superb offering from Chris and Suzaan Alheit.’ Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (October 2013), 93/100


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