A visit with Chris Alheit earlier this year presented us with the opportunity to taste 2017 from barrel, confirming its billing as an incredible vintage. Producing some of our most profound and haunting white wines, Chris and Suzaan Alheit have an especially accomplished touch with Chenin.
The first of the 2017’s to be released is the cracking Flotsam and Jetsam Chenin Blanc; containing a little more than a dollop of Cartology fruit we’ve been told. And it shows. The 2017 weaves freshness, salinity and lovely fruit weight with a great texture, offering wonderful old vine complexity that is simply astounding at this price.
Launched alongside the Chenin is the Flotsam and Jetsam Cinsaut 2017. This is an easy every day red wine, made in the ‘vin soif’ style and best enjoyed chilled. Ideally this wine needs 6 months or so to settle and is very much in the same vein as the previous 2016, now drinking brilliantly. Two perfect wines for summer drinking.
Flotsam & Jetsam Chenin Blanc 2017 – R145
‘Lime, white peach and some leesy complexity on the nose. Great fruit concentration and flavour intensity, zingy acidity, the finish long and savoury.’ Christian Eedes 93/100.
Flotsam & Jetsam Cinsaut 2017 – R145
‘Alheit Vineyards are proudly a white-wine-only operation so how to accommodate the need for some quaffable red? Flotsam & Jetsam Cinsault is designed to be just that, grapes from a Darling vineyard some 40 years old, winemaking involving whole-bunch fermentation.
The 2017 shows red and black fruit, fennel, olive, earth and spice. The palate is currently quite raw and relatively chunky given an alcohol of just 12.5% – six to 12 months in bottle should make all the difference.’ Christian Eedes 89/100