Winemag.co.za Top 20 Wines 2017

Editor Christian Eedes selects his 20 most memorable wines of the year. 20. Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016 While many producers are inclined to treat Sauvginon Blanc as no more than a cash cow, Klein Constantia’s Matt Day approaches the variety with both rigour and enthusiasm. The result is a number of striking examples, […]

December 4, 2017
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Top nine wines of May 2017

Here are our nine most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Alheit Vineyards La Colline 2016 – 97 (read original review here) Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2016 – 96 (read original review here) Alheit Vineyards Radio Lazarus 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Rall Grenache Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original […]

June 1, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Top four wines of July 2016

Here are our four most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: Alheit Vineyards La Colline Semillon 2015 – 96 (read original review here) Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North Mountain Makstok Chenin Blanc 2015 – 96 (read original review here) Alheit Vineyards Radio Lazarus Chenin Blanc 2015 – 96 (read original review here) The Grande […]

August 1, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Radio Lazarus 2015

The super-exciting operation that is Alheit Vineyards is soon to release its wines from the 2015 vintage, tasting notes and scores as follows: Cartology 2015 Approximate retail price: R320 a bottle 86% Chenin Blanc, 14% Semillon. A compelling nose – pear, citrus and white peach but also dried herbs, thatch, yellow earth and a subtle […]

July 9, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2014

Is there anybody to touch Chris and Suzaan Alheit of Alheit Vineyards when it comes to wine quality right now? Admittedly, they benefit from the pioneering work of Eben Sadie and viticulturist Rosa Kruger when it comes to conserving our best old vineyards and they don’t make very much of their top cuvées but what […]

May 19, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 8 Comments

The best white wine in South Africa?

Billed as a “social experiment”, Wine Cellar yesterday hosted the “SA Luxury White Taste-Off” featuring 12 wines priced over R300 a bottle, the selection blind-tasted simultaneously by an audience of 37 in Cape Town and 34 in Johannesburg, a ticket to participate costing R450 per person. Here’s how I ranked them: 1. Alheit Vineyards Magnetic […]

February 5, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 7 Comments

Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay 2013

The small cellar on Hemelrand, the Hemel en Aarde Ridge property owned by Hans and Mary Anne Evenhuis, really is an astonishing centre of wine excellence at the moment. Not only is it the official home of Alheit Vineyards but it’s where John Seccombe put together the exciting stuff that currently appears under the Thorne […]

June 11, 2014
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2013

Chris Alheit of Alheit Vineyards says of his newly released Cartology 2013 that it is the most “civilised and grown up” vintage he and wife Suzaan have made to date and for me it is indeed the most convincing incarnation yet. Cartology 2013 Price: R190 Seven vineyards involved – Chenin Blanc from Bottelary in Stellenbosch, […]

June 11, 2014
by Christian
with 3 Comments
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