Alheit Wine Dark Sea 2017
By Christian Eedes, 27 August 2020
“Made in remembrance of mid-century Cape reds” reads the label of Wine Dark Sea 2017 from Alheit Vineyards, this being a once-off effort from the generally white wine-focused Chris and Suzaan Alheit. Consisting of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cinsault and 21% Syrah from Stellenbosch vineyards, winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation and maturation in old oak. The nose shows red fruit, potpourri, dried herbs and white pepper while the palate is light, fresh and very savoury. It has a nice vinosity about it and moves really well – some will perhaps find it hollow and want more grunt (alcohol is 13%) but I really like it.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
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