After a recent tasting that showcased the best of the wines from Argentina, Chile & South Africa, I think it's safe to say that I found some real diamonds amongst the rough - and, trust me, at these trade tastings there is plenty of rough on show!
The real stars of the show were some of the wines from South Africa, Newton Johnson wines mentioned elsewhere on the website and now this from Alheit Vineyards...Cartology...a majestic Chenin Blanc with a touch of Semillon.
From the Hemel & Aarde ridge region in cool climate Walker Bay is this little beauty. Small production, the winemaker Chris Alheit believes that fine wine is grown, rather than made, no real intervention is used, natural yeasts, no adjustment to acids.
And what does he produce....? Well a wine that really makes you sit up and think about what is in your glass. My tasting notes read "takes you on a real journey. Sweet baked apples, gorgeous peach, stone fruits, honeysuckle, all wrapped up in lovely nutiness with a long creamy finish. Will drink beautifully or will age gracefully.
I suggest buy 6 and see how it develops - not many of you will own 6 as we don't get loads of it so be quick.
SC Rating - Exceptional (Adam)