Alheit Vineyards, Fire by Night Chenin Blanc 750ml 2018

South Africa, Western Cape
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AlheitVineyardsFireByNightCheninBlanc201818092019
R455
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Critic Score

95
CE

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This wine is something like an ode to the Paardeberg. This mountain holds a mythical place in our minds. It’s the landscape that sparked the wine revolution that’s currently sweeping the Cape. It’s home to modern heroes like Sadie Family, AA Badenhorst, and David & Nadia. Several other top producers also buy parcels from the mountain.

What’s so special about it? In a few words: pure decomposed granite soils, and an abundance of old dry farmed bushvines, much of which is Chenin - an embarrassment of riches. Typically, the wines from Paardeberg have a real sense of purity or clarity about them. At their best, they can be quite powerful without being heavy.

Fire by Night comes from the Joubertskloof side of the mountain, from three very special parcels of Chenin Blanc grown on Nuwedam farm, planted between 1974 and 1980. We’ve worked with these parcels since 2011 and feel that they exemplify the beauty of the mountain.

Tasting notes:
'From a 1978 Chenin Blanc vineyard on the Paardeberg in the Swartland. Citrus, white peach, apple and straw on the nose. Very good fruit expression on the palate – impressive volume and density for a wine with an alcohol of just 12.8%. The acidity, though suitably snappy, is nicely coated – this is a very well balanced wine – and the finish is long and savoury.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

'Fire by Night comes from a farm that Chris Alheit acquired in August 2019, which secures the source of this impressive Chenin. Made with fruit from a cooler, morning sun-facing parcel, it shows the taut, almost austere minerality that's a feature of the Nuwedam farm, layers of spice, lees and subtle oak and lovely precision. 2021-30.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2019, 94/100

More Information
Bottle Size750ml
StyleWhite
CountrySouth Africa
RatingCE 95
PriceR455.00
ProducerAlheit Vineyards
RegionWestern Cape
VarietyChenin Blanc
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