Alheit, Hereafter Here 2020
This wine is from two young Stellenbosch blocks – the great thing about planting young vines is that you can choose the site and the material purely for the sake of quality wine.
Full-bodied and bright, it has a lovely nose of pear juice, yellow fruit and blossoms. It has a very fine palate, rich enough for the table, yet refreshing enough to be an apéritif.
A brilliant maiden vintage and a lot to look forward to in the future as the block matures.
This maiden vintage is based on two young blocks in Stellenbosch. The main contributor is jokingly called Baby Duck (long story). Baby Duck is planted on granite soils on a gentle southern slope in the Polkadraai Hills ward in Stellenbosch.
The second vineyard is planted in the Upper Blaauwklippen Valley on deep red soil. In future vintages we will be able to include young vineyards from our other sites, most especially our own farm in the Swartland.
WINEMAKING & MATURATION
The grapes are hand sorted and whole bunch pressed. The juice is very lightly settled (we like very cloudy raw juice) with no additions to the raw juice, wild fermentation in old barrels (various sizes).
Fermentation can last anywhere between three weeks and eleven months. The wine is kept on lees for around twelve months, then rested in tank on fine lees without fining for a further six months prior to bottling. Very simple, careful winemaking.
Delicious with creamy dishes, seafood and zesty salads.