Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2014 750ml
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Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2014

Alheit Vineyards - Olifants River - South Africa

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Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The 2014 Magnetic North Mountain Makstok comes from a ridge located at 520 meters. It has slightly more detail on the nose compared to Radio Lazarus: red apple, honeysuckle, peach skin and a touch of wild mint. The palate is linear, very focused and precise, fresh and tensile; it is not the most complex Chenin Blanc, but it works because it is so minimalist that you find yourself focusing upon the traces of grapefruit and white peach. This is more about texture than flavor and yet it remains an utterly absorbing wine.

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Winery: Alheit Vineyards

Varietal: Chenin Blanc

The green skinned grapes of the Chenin Blanc varietal are used for a wide range of different wines. In their native home of France, they are used for the production of some excellent sparkling crémants, or allowed to develop noble rot, which intensifies their natural sweetness and produces some unusual and intense flavors In most countries around the world, though, Chenin Blanc grapes are used for the production of high quality still white wines, which have the ability to express the finer features of the terroir they are grown on. Many winemakers like to age their Chenin Blanc wines in oak or chestnut barrels, which adds an extra layer of complexity to the wines. These grapes thrive best in heavy clay soils, and ripen late in the season, when their natural flavors can come through fully.

Country: South Africa

With its hot, long summers and oceanic winds from both the west and the east, South Africa is something of a haven for a wide range of imported grape varietals. Since the mid-18th century, the country has been associated with some very fine wines made using complex and careful blending techniques, with one of the most famous and widely loved early examples being constructed from Pontac, Muscadel and Chenin Blanc varietals. Since those colonial days, the regions around Cape Town have proven again and again to be fantastic areas for producing interesting and delicious wines, with many of the best examples of Champagne style sparkling wines originating from these fertile lands. From the scorchingly hot regions of Orange Rivers, to the far cooler and temperate appellations in Walker Bay, South Africa has developed a booming wine industry responsible for many of the finest New World wines available anywhere across the globe.