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Nautical Dawn Chenin Blanc

Alheit Vineyards, Nautical Dawn Chenin Blanc 2017

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Notes

Winemakers notes:
In 2013 we were introduced to the Rustenhof vineyards by a friend. At that time (in my dogma/stupidity) I was not keen to work with anything lower than 300m above sea-level. These old Chenin parcels are much lower down, very close to the False Bay coast of Stellenbosch. So close that on a clear day you can see the waves breaking. I gave them a try. By 2015 they’d become irreplaceable.

If we want to tell the story of Cape Chenin then it’s paramount to show you this coastline, with its poor soils (pale decomposed granite) and clear ocean influence. These cool southern parts of Stellenbosch are very different to the central and northern parts of the appellation where the days are warmer, and the soils are darker.

Nautical Dawn 2017 is made from two parcels that we think display the nature of False Bay Chenin perfectly: The 1978 bushvine planting on Rustenhof at 60m above sea-level, 4kms from the bay and the 1988 planting on Karibib farm at 220m above sea-level, 13kms from the bay. Both plots are dry farmed, both on granite, both face south-east toward Kaap Hangklip.

Tasting notes:
'The 2017 Nautical Dawn comes from two vineyards on pure granite soils overlooking False Bay, fermented and matured in neutral old barrels. It has a very "come hither" bouquet of yellow fruit, lemon thyme and hints of lemon curd, all exceptionally well defined. The expressive palate features orange pith, white peach and guava, and the acidity is very well judged with just the right amount of salinity toward the finish. What a superb debut!' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 94/100

'Grapes from a 1978 Helderberg vineyard and a 1988 Polkadraai vineyard both relatively close to False Bay. An exotic breakfast punch nose – guava, pear and peach in particular. Lots of sweet, bouncy fruit on the palate but there’s also snappy acidity before a suitably dry finish. Dead sexy. Alcohol: 13.47%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

Winemakers notes:
In 2013 we were introduced to the Rustenhof vineyards by a friend. At that time (in my dogma/stupidity) I was not keen to work with anything lower than 300m above sea-level. These old Chenin parcels are much lower down, very close to the False Bay coast of Stellenbosch. So close that on a clear day you can see the waves breaking. I gave them a try. By 2015 they’d become irreplaceable.

If we want to tell the story of Cape Chenin then it’s paramount to show you this coastline, with its poor soils (pale decomposed granite) and clear ocean influence. These cool southern parts of Stellenbosch are very different to the central and northern parts of the appellation where the days are warmer, and the soils are darker.

Nautical Dawn 2017 is made from two parcels that we think display the nature of False Bay Chenin perfectly: The 1978 bushvine planting on Rustenhof at 60m above sea-level, 4kms from the bay and the 1988 planting on Karibib farm at 220m above sea-level, 13kms from the bay. Both plots are dry farmed, both on granite, both face south-east toward Kaap Hangklip.

Tasting notes:
'The 2017 Nautical Dawn comes from two vineyards on pure granite soils overlooking False Bay, fermented and matured in neutral old barrels. It has a very "come hither" bouquet of yellow fruit, lemon thyme and hints of lemon curd, all exceptionally well defined. The expressive palate features orange pith, white peach and guava, and the acidity is very well judged with just the right amount of salinity toward the finish. What a superb debut!' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 94/100

'Grapes from a 1978 Helderberg vineyard and a 1988 Polkadraai vineyard both relatively close to False Bay. An exotic breakfast punch nose – guava, pear and peach in particular. Lots of sweet, bouncy fruit on the palate but there’s also snappy acidity before a suitably dry finish. Dead sexy. Alcohol: 13.47%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

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NM 94

Country

ZA

Region

Western Cape

Style

White

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