Wine review: 2013 Alheit Vineyards Bush Vines ‘Cartology’

South African white wine 2013 Alheit Vineyards Bush Vines “Cartology”
2013 Alheit Vineyards Bush Vines “Cartology”
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This is a very unusual wine from South Africa. Mostly old-vine Chenin Blanc with just 12% Sémillon in the blend, the 2013 Alheit Vineyards “Cartology” is elegant and refined, with an opulent scent of apricot, lemon and flowers. The taste is ripe and lush, but there’s a tautness and minerality to the Chenin Blanc/Sémillon that brings it all into balance. This is a real stunner that just keeps getting better and better in the glass. Perfect for a special dinner party over the holidays. This would be a terrific match with butter-poached lobster, Dungeness crab or pan-seared Tasmanian ocean trout.

Region:South Africa

Price: $50 to $53

Style: Opulent


What it goes with: Lobster, crab, salmon and ocean trout

Where to find it: BestWinesOnline in Santa Ana, (888) 817-8880,; Southern Hemisphere Wine Center in Huntington Beach, (800) 504-9463; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,

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