NEW: 2023 Alheit Releases

NEW: 2023 Alheit Releases

Our annual trek out to Hermanus to visit and taste with Chris Alheit is a highlight of the release season. The wines are brilliant, as always, but when it comes to the 2023s, there’s palpable excitement from Chris – especially around the Swartland wines. These releases are more structured than the 2022s, less approachable, and will be good to cellar for 3 – 5 years.

The Hereafter Here 2023 has some old vine fruit included this year and is more savoury; we recommend giving it a year to settle. We’re also seeing the return of the Magnetic North for the first time since 2020 – a wonderful wine with loads of power. The Cartology 2023 shines with the addition of high quality La Colline Semillon and a higher portion of Nautical Dawn fruit in the blend. It’s steadily cementing its status as one of our most important wines.

Due to rain and disease pressure, Nautical Dawn volumes were drastically reduced to ensure that the bottled wine was of the highest quality. The 2023 is full fruited with yellow peach, fine acidity and good length. From Chris and Suzaan’s farm in the Swartland comes the Fire by Night – a linear, visceral wine with a driving backbone of acidity that impresses with it long, lingering finish. Almost Burgundian, it’s reminiscent of the 2019 Broom Ridge release.

Huilkrans 2023 is worthy of its standing as one of the greats! And finally, the Hemelrand Vine Garden 2023 has a distinct botrytis character that makes it a stunning cheese wine. It’s an outlier and well worth getting your hands on.

Many of these wines are super limited and sold on allocation only. Email lauren@winecellar.co.za to request an allocation.

TASTING NOTES

Alheit Vineyards Hereafter Here 2023
‘Mostly a young vineyard wine, grapes from Swartland, Piekenierskloof, Bottelary, Polkadraai Hills plus some from older parcels in Paardeberg and Tygerberg. Exotic aromatics of pear, yellow peach, orange and pineapple plus some leesy character. The palate is relatively rich with tangy acidity and a savoury finish. Alc: 13.21%.’Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 92/100

Alheit Vineyards Cartology 2023
‘94% Chenin Blanc and 6% Semillon – the Franschhoek vineyard normally bottled under the Monument label employed here. Expressive aromatics with notes of lime, lemon, white peach, Granny Smith apple and floral perfume. Excellent fruit concentration, plenty of drive and a dry finish. Wonderfully precise, even more remarkable given that production is not inconsiderable, this vintage amounting to 27,405 bottles and 240 magnums.’Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

Alheit Vineyards Hemelrand Vine Garden 2023
‘36% Chardonnay, 28% Roussanne, 18% Chenin Blanc, 17% Verdelho, 1% Muscat – the Chenin in particular developing significant but entirely pleasing noble rot. Fermented and matured for 12 months in older oak. Citrus, stone fruit and pineapple to go with notes of potpourri, honey and mushroom on the nose. Dense fruit and driving acidity before a deeply savoury finish. A compelling rendition of this wine. Alc: 13.54%.’Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

Alheit Vineyards Fire By Night 2023
‘Grapes from two Paardeberg vineyards planted between 1972 and 1985 on granite. Quite a pronounced note of flinty reduction as well as lime and lemon. Hugely impressive on the palate – great power delivered at low alcohol – 12.49%. Dense with arresting acidity and an olive-brine like finish.’Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

Alheit Vineyards Nautical Dawn 2023
‘Grapes from a vineyard on the southern Stellenbosch farm Rustenhof planted in 1978 on granite. Floral perfume, citrus, peach, hay and fynbos. Pure and fresh on the palate – great fruit delineation, snappy acidity and a pithy finish. Poised and elegant. Alc: 13.54%.’Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

Alheit Vineyards Huilkrans 2023
‘From Skurfberg vineyards planted between 1974 and 1989 on red sand over clay. Forthcoming aromatics of pear, peach, soft citrus, apple, potpourri and earth. The palate is voluptuous – lovely fruit weight, silky texture, well integrated acidity and a gently savoury finish. A wine that hangs together very well and is simply delicious. Alc: 13.33%.’Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 97/100

Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North 2023
‘From two Skurfberg blocks, one planted in 1981 and the other in 1984. Lime, lemon, fynbos, earth and a hint of struck-match reduction on the nose. The palate has great fruit definition and plenty of verve – flavours are subtle and intricate while the acidity is invigorating without being hard or angular. The 2022 vintage was famously declassified.’Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 98/100

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