2015 Alheit "Hemelrand Vine Garden" White Field Blend Walker Bay (Previously $40)

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. (NM)  (4/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Light straw-yellow. Aromas of nectarine, honey and flowers, plus high-toned whiffs of orange peel and macadamia. Very concentrated, smooth and light on its feet, showing more saline character than primary fruits today. A brisker note of crystallized lemon came up with air. This blend gracefully carries its high octane. Finishes tactile and long. This wine gained in sweetness and fruit with aeration without losing its energy. (ST)  (5/2017)

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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