2015 Alheit Vineyards "Hemelrand Vine Garden" White Field Blend Walker Bay

SKU #1329277 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The maiden 2015 Hemelrand Vine Garden comes from vines planted in 2010 around the winery. It has a perfumed nose, less fruit and more resinous than its peers with beeswax and honeysuckle aromas, linseed and chalk emerging with time. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry. There is wonderful saline notes here, but perhaps a little more depth and fruit intensity on the fi nish with yellow plum, citrus peel and hazelnut. This constitutes one of Chris Alheit's best wines this vintage.

K&L Notes

48% Roussanne, 22% Chardonnay, 27% Chenin Blanc, 3% Verdelho - Winemaker's Notes: "The 2015 is predominantly Roussanne, followed by Chenin and Chardonnay. There is also a touch of Verdelho in this vintage. The nose is a bit of a show-off. Stone fruit and white flowers abound. There are also some hints of baking spice, roast nuts and ripe apple. The palate is powerful, with flavours reflecting the nose of the wine. High natural acidity cuts and carries the richness into a long flavourful finish. This wine will definitely stand up to a rich dish, perhaps something like chicken in tarragon cream."

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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
Alcohol Content (%): 14