Alheit Nautical Dawn Chenin Blanc

R495.00 incl VAT

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Nautical Dawn is made from two parcels that we think display the nature of False Bay Chenin very well: The 1978 bushvine planting on Rustenhof at 60m above sea-level, 4kms from the bay and the 1988 planting on Karibib farm at 220m above sea-level, 13kms from the bay. Both plots are dry farmed, both grow on granite, both face south east, peering out over the bay toward Kaap Hangklip.

On Rustenhof there’s a small granite hill called Sinai. This hill is virtually completely covered with bushvine Chenin Blanc. The crown of the hill has a few small granite domes protruding from the soil. From up there you can see the waves breaking on a clear day. Our part of the vineyard is on the upper mid-slope of the hill, planted with the contour.

This is our earliest ripening vineyard and plays the anchor role in Nautical Dawn. It produces a wine with quite an extreme nature and strong personality. Even with early picking this vineyard delivers huge flavour. Intense concentration, and full throttle natural acid make this a wine that seems gifted in all directions. Simultaneously a star athlete, musical prodigy and academic wunderkind.

Karibib shows a bit more grace, and perhaps some more earthy elements, lending detail and finesse to the wine.