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Magnetic North Mountain Makstok

Alheit Vineyards, Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2017

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Notes

Magnetic North is a single origin wine made from a special plot of ungrafted Chenin growing in the Skurfberg/Citrusdal Mountain part of the Olifants Rivier. As with Radio Lazarus, the idea is to express a place.

100% highland dryland ungrafted bushvine Chenin Blanc.

Tasting notes:
'The 2017 Magnetic North comes from ungrafted Chenin Blanc planted on red sand over red clay, matured in neutral 300-liter barrels that are 10 years old. It has a very expressive bouquet of lemon thyme, sage, broom, ground stone and just a touch of mint, all very focused and well defined. The palate is full of tension from the start and quite saline in the mouth, offering orange pith, dried mango, white pepper and a slightly ferrous note toward the finish. This feels long in the mouth, although I would be inclined to see it age in bottle for two or three years.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 94/100

  'Grapes from Basie van Lill’s Skurfberg farm. A haunting nose: First a hint of gun-smoke-like reduction before elusive notes of citrus, peach and fynbos. Rich and thick textured but not unctuous – there’s an acidity here that would be neck snapping if it weren’t for all the fruit concentration. This is a power-packed wine which also manages to be extraordinarily detailed. Think of Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira with ball under arm when drinking it. Alcohol: 14%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 97/100

Magnetic North is a single origin wine made from a special plot of ungrafted Chenin growing in the Skurfberg/Citrusdal Mountain part of the Olifants Rivier. As with Radio Lazarus, the idea is to express a place.

100% highland dryland ungrafted bushvine Chenin Blanc.

Tasting notes:
'The 2017 Magnetic North comes from ungrafted Chenin Blanc planted on red sand over red clay, matured in neutral 300-liter barrels that are 10 years old. It has a very expressive bouquet of lemon thyme, sage, broom, ground stone and just a touch of mint, all very focused and well defined. The palate is full of tension from the start and quite saline in the mouth, offering orange pith, dried mango, white pepper and a slightly ferrous note toward the finish. This feels long in the mouth, although I would be inclined to see it age in bottle for two or three years.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 94/100

  'Grapes from Basie van Lill’s Skurfberg farm. A haunting nose: First a hint of gun-smoke-like reduction before elusive notes of citrus, peach and fynbos. Rich and thick textured but not unctuous – there’s an acidity here that would be neck snapping if it weren’t for all the fruit concentration. This is a power-packed wine which also manages to be extraordinarily detailed. Think of Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira with ball under arm when drinking it. Alcohol: 14%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 97/100

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CE 97

Country

ZA

Region

Western Cape

Style

White

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