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Alheit Vineyards 2017s: SA’s best young wines released to date

Chris and Suzaan Alheit, together with their assistant Franco Lourens and recently-appointed viticultural consultant Etienne Terblanche, are the dream team that firmly establishes Alheit Vineyards as SA’s premier white wine producer. Their focus, together with the time spent in the vineyards and the exceptional 2017 vintage itself, has worked to bring us these 8 scintillating wines. Simply put, this line-up includes the best young wines we have tasted to date.

None of these should be overlooked. The Cartology, Hemelrand Vine Garden and La Colline are their best yet and the Magnetic North Mountain Makstok and Radio Lazarus are, as always, sensational. Of the new Chenin Blanc releases, the Huilkrans is simply one of the greatest whites ever made in SA while the Nautical Dawn and Fire By Night are profound examples of Stellenbosch and Paardeberg Chenin. Needless to say, these are all produced in very small quantities and even less is going to be available in 2018.

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The Dream Team – Chris Alheit, Etienne Terblanche and Franco Lourens

Why are South African white wines getting better? Reviving our vineyards with better viticulture must be at the fore and the healthy competition among our top wine producers, who are continuously honing their craft, means that there is no resting on one's laurels. On top of this, 2017 has proved to be an excellent vintage, especially for whites. There has been a shift in the Alheits' focus towards single origin wines which further highlights this better understanding and translation of the vineyard.

For details on the wines, please see the product pages.

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