Operated by husband and wife team, Chris and Suzaan Alheit, this mountain property is located high on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in Walker Bay. The couple farm 21 hectares of old dry bush vines and take a minimalist approach in making their wines. The grapes undergo natural fermentation in old barrels with no new oak used. By focusing on heritage Cape vineyard sites, the Alheit’s have gained notoriety quickly, making these wines hotly sought after.
The Hemelrand Vine Garden is made from a cuvée of 42% Roussanne, 22% Chardonnay, 16% Chenin Blanc, 16% Verdelho, and 4% Muscat. The sites cool and windy location means that the grapes ripen slowly, retaining naturally acidity.