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Alheit, Cartology 2021

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Cartology is a vineous exploration of Cape heritage. It is intended to be a picture of the Cape seen through the lens of her old vineyards in a given vintage.

90% Chenin and 10% Sémillion. These grapes are sourced from rare and extraordinary parcels of mature dryland bushvines.

Aromas of citrus, peach and pineapple highlighted by a salinity, flint and almond croissant.

95pts | Tim Atkin


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Chenin Blanc



Cartology is a vinous exploration of Cape heritage. It’s intended to be a picture of the Cape seen through the lens of her old vineyards in a given vintage. The cuveé is composed of rare and extraordinary parcels of mature dryland bushvines, of heritage grapes, namely Chenin Blanc and Sémillon. These grapes have been planted in the Cape for centuries. Cartology has become our staple offering. It serves as a poster child for our project, and also seems to have become a flag bearer for Cape heritage wine in general.

As a rule, the Cartology parcels are dry farmed bushvines, with a minimum age of thirty- five years, although most are between forty and fifty years old. Average yields for these parcels is around three tons/Ha or around 20hl/Ha.
Cartology 2021 is 90% Chenin blanc and 10% Sémillon. The Chenin comes from our parcels in the Skurfberg, Malmesbury, Perdeberg, Bottelary, Upper Blaauwklippen, False Bay and Tygerberg. The Sémillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek.

Winemaking and Maturation
The grapes were hand sorted and whole bunch pressed. The juice was very lightly settled (we like very cloudy raw juice) with no additions to the raw juice, wild fermentation took place in cement eggs, clay pots, foudres, or old barrels (various sizes). Fermentation of various parcels lasted anywhere between three weeks and eleven months. The wine was kept on lees for around twelve months, then rested in tank on fine lees without fining for a further five months prior to bottling. Very simple, careful winemaking.

Tasting Notes
The nose is detailed and beautiful – ripe pear and sweet herbs, both citrus juice and rind. The palate is very pure and true, fine boned clarity, lovely proportions, no extra weight (unlike myself). This vintage shows good intensity and saline length. For me, the key word this vintage is purity. This wine is already drinking well in its youth, but will reward maturation.

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Chenin Blanc

Wine Farm



All types of seafood from poached lobster to seared salmon.

2 reviews for Alheit, Cartology 2021

  1. 95pts | Tim Atkin

    “Year in, year out, this exceptional Chenin Blanc vineyard delivers the goods. Planted in 1974 and 1987 on a combination of gravel, sand and shale, it produces a wine with wonderful energy, poise and focus. Lime, pear and green apple flavours are complemented by understated oak and a tangy, mouth-watering finish. 2023-30”

    Tim Atkin

  2. 95pts | Platter’s

    “Poster child of old-vine chenin. From seven parcels ranging from Citrusdal Mountain to False Bay, plus usual splash Franschhoek semillion, 10% in scintillating 2021. As with 2020 (4.5 stars, 93 pts), lengthy lees contact shows in a salt edge to peach and pineapple fruit, croissant & orange blossom highlights. Wholebunch press, natural ferment, only older vessels, as all”


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