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 Alheit Huilkrans is made from grapes harvested from a vineyard on the Skurfberg from 42 and 32 year old Chenin Blanc plantings owned by the Visser family. It is a wine with a striking nose of citrus, peach, dried herbs and baking spice plus a rather funky waxiness. With great depth of fruit and vibrant acidity, this is altogether more powerful and showy than other recent vintages.