Vine Garden

Western Cape
South Africa
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Chardonnay Blend
Flavors & Quality
Plum Plum
Honeysuckle Honeysuckle
Saline Saline
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Palate Character

Balance & Finesse 1 Rich & Full 2 Light & Bright 2 Smooth & Silky 2 Round & Fleshy 2 Tone & Backbone 2 Powerful & Extracted 2 Bright & Crisp 2
Balance & Finesse
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This is a predominantly Balance & Finesse wine, but it shares structural nuances of Bright & Crisp as described in the tasting note below.

Tasting Notes
Medium plus bodied, with crisp acidity and slight residual sugar, the Hemelrand Vine Garden impresses with its balance of tension and grace, unfolding with white plum, citrus, ginger, honeysuckle, saline, petrol, and a touch of honeyed oak.
Pale Gold
Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Muscat, Verdelho
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Why this wine made the cut…
Deftly balances intensity and finesse. A tour de force of flavor.
Hemelrand, South Africa
32% Shar-do-NAY
Chardonnay may be the most versatile white wine grape, often seen as a blank canvas. It displays various flavors and aromas depending on where it is grown and more specifically, how it is made. It can range in Palate Character from Bright & Crisp to Rich & Full depending on the climate. It is also particularly malleable and highly affected by winemaking choices like as malolactic fermentation, lees stirring, barrel fermentation and ageing practices.
Chenin Blanc
25% Shuh-NAN BLON
Chenin Blanc is often overlooked, but makes some of the most compelling white wines across Palate Character, including bone dry to sweet in style. Some of the best expressions come from France’s Loire Valley, and South Africa, which at their best are concentrated, crisp, sometimes long-lived, mineral driven wines that deserve more recognition for their high quality age-worthy whites.
25% Roo-SAN
Rousanne is a high quality, aromatic, white Rhone varietal often blended with Marsanne in Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, and St. Joseph. Rousanne is more aromatic than Marsanne, often with a refreshing floral, and slightly herbal perfume, and has higher acidity that provides it better ability to age gracefully.
Country / State
South Africa
Western Cape
Chris Alheit
Chris Alheit in VineyardChris Alheit in Vineyard

Alheit Vineyards


Alheit was founded in 2011 by husband-and-wife team, Chris and Suzaan Alheit. They traveled and worked in winemaking regions across the world with a special affinity for Europe before starting their own boutique winery. 

Chris Alheit in CellarChris Alheit in Cellar
The Alheit Vineyards teamThe Alheit Vineyards team

Alheit focuses on white varietals from old sustainable and dry-farmed bush vines, employing minimally invasive winemaking, believing that the wine is made in the vineyard. The product of low-yielding vines, the wines are naturally fermented in neutral oak to retain their distinctive terroir.

The wines of Alheit, especially their Chenin Blanc, is dry, bright, but with remarkable concentration and minerality that speaks to the rocky high altitude vineyards from which they are farmed.