Internationally acclaimed Alheit Vineyards, producers of sought-after wines like Magnetic North Mountain Makstok, Radio Lazarus, Cartology and the recently Platter’s 5-star rated Hemelrand Vine Garden, have just released their ‘table wines’. These are Alheit wines for everyday drinking. Made in a vin de soif style (meaning wines to quench your thirst) they are light, fresh and enticingly drinkable.
As a true expression of what’s hot in South Africa right now, the Flotsam & Jetsam duo are made from Cinsault and Chenin Blanc. Produced from mostly dry-land bush vines between 30 and 50 years old. The winemaking is kept extremely simple. The Stalwart Cinsault 2016 is typically whole-bunch fermented, while the Heirloom Chenin Blanc 2016 is whole-bunch pressed. Both are wild yeast fermented with nothing but sulphur added and raised in neutral vessels.
These are must-have wines for our summery festive season. They over-deliver by the bucket load so grab some while you can.
Flotsam & Jetsam, Heirloom Chenin Blanc 2016 – R130
Vibrant and lively with great complexity underpinned by bright, fresh acidity. This is a stunning wine with fine citrus and floral notes and lots of detail on the palate. It offers all the trademark characteristics and natural expression that we have come to expect from the Alheits and punches well above its weight. Ready to enjoy now until 2019. – James Pietersen
Flotsam & Jetsam, Stalwart Cinsault 2016 – R130
From mostly Darling vineyards, made in a distinct vin de soif style, it offers vibrant red fruit and a clean, almost zippy palate. Still very young with just a little CO2 still bobbing around that only adds to its fresh appeal. It is important to serve well-chilled at 12 degrees and keep cool while drinking. Drink now to 2019. – James Pietersen