Alheit Vineyards Cartology 2020: 'An extraordinary achievement!'
Alheit Vineyards 2020
Cartology 2020: 'An extraordinary achievement!' – Christian Eedes, 96/100
This is the 10th anniversary of the Alheit Cartology. First released from the 2011 vintage, it catapulted Alheit Vineyards into international wine stardom. Focusing on old-vine Chenin and Sémillon, Chris and Suzanne's wines are some of the most thrilling in SA. The Cartology white blend has gone a long way in defining our unique, South African terroir. The latest 2020 release is particularly accomplished.
From the Hemel-en-Aarde is the ever-exciting 2020 Hemelrand Vine Garden (95 CE) field blend. Now established, the vineyard is delivering on the Alheits' vision. These are joined by a new wine, the 2020 Hereafter Here (92 CE), from two younger Chenin Blanc vineyards – one in Polkadraai and the other in Blaauwklippen Valley, Stellenbosch. It exhibits Chris Alheit's trademark refinement.
2020 was a complex vintage. Some areas got too little rain while others received too much. The result is that there is no 2020 Huilkrans or 2020 Broom Ridge from this vintage and a significantly lower production of both the 2020 Magnetic North Mountain Makstok (96 CE) and 2020 Monument Sémillon 2020 (94 CE) – previously labelled La Colline. From Stellenbosch, the 2020 Nautical Dawn (97 CE) is a stellar release in this 2020 line-up.