Alheit Vineyards, 'Hemelrand Vine Garden', White Blend, 2018, Western Cape, South Africa


Delicious white wine. Soft golden in colour. A wonderful bouquet of crushed citrus, white blossom, white peach, and notes of tropical mango. A wonderful chalky backbone runs throughout with a nice touch of acidity. A soft, complex, mouth-watering wine. Superbly crafted and certainly one of the finest white wine blends from the Cape right now.

This wine comes from the young vineyard planted on Hemelrand farm at 360 metres above sea-level on the Hemel & Aarde Ridge. It’s a blend of Roussanne, Chenin, Chardonnay, Verdelho and a pinch of Muscat.

Alheit Vineyard declares its aim as being ‘to vinify extraordinary Cape vineyards’. The fact that Chris and Suzaan Alheit set out on their venture to make only white wine, is a testament to their commitment to seek out some of the oldest vineyard blocks in the country. Winery space is rented in shed, originally conceived as an olive oil production facility, on the Hemel-en-Aarde road out of Hermanus. Probably as far away as one could expect to be from their primary grape sources on the West Coast.

Producer: Chris Alheit

Country: South Africa

Region: Western Cape

Grapes: Roussanne, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Muscat

Alcohol: 14.0%

Vintage: 2018

Status: None