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Alheit Vineyards Radio Lazarus Single Vineyard 2014 750ml
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Alheit Vineyards Radio Lazarus Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2014

Stellenbosch - Coastal Region - South Africa

Professional Wine Reviews for Alheit Vineyards Radio Lazarus Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2014

Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The 2014 Radio Lazarus is back after missing 2013 (it was blended into Cartology). It comes from a hilltop, organically farmed vineyard planted in 1978 and is 100% Chenin Blanc on shale soils. It has a very refined bouquet with honeysuckle, warm gravel, a touch of fennel and sage. The palate is beautifully balanced, effortless and refined, understated at first but delivering a very succinct, desiccated orange peel and fennel-tinged finish. It actually becomes more unctuous as it opens up. It does not have the length of the 2013, but this is so subtle that it's complexity might be overlooked.
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Varietal: Chenin Blanc

For centuries, the Chenin Blanc grape has been grown in its native France, and in many other countries around the world (most notably in South Africa). These green skinned grapes are revered for the fact that their high acidity makes them extremely versatile, and Chenin Blanc wines can range from the fascinating, sweet and viscous dessert wines made by allowing noble rot to develop on the fruit, to dry and crisp sparkling crémants, or simple, elegant still white wines. Their key feature is that they are considered to be a highly 'transparent' grape, allowing the features of their terroir to come through in the glass, and the fact that they can carry a beautiful range of tropical fruit flavors such as pineapple, guava and banana.

Region: Coastal Region

The coastal region of South Africa is one of the most prodigious and productive wine regions on earth, and one which covers a vast distance making up for most of the tip of the African continent. The history of South African wines is a fascinating and surprisingly long one, with the very first wines in the country being produced by settlers in the 1650s, long before many other New World countries had even been discovered. Today, coastal South African wines are wildly popular around the world thanks to their big, fruity flavors and relative simplicity. Wineries in the region make the most of the hot sunshine, the high quality soils, and the brisk oceanic winds which keep disease at bay and stop the grapes from getting too hot, and produce a wide variety of wines of great distinction.

Country: South Africa

As geographically diverse country, with everything from lush green valleys to areas of arid desert, mountainsides and river estuaries, South Africa unsurprisingly produces a huge range of excellent wines. Regions such as the Breede River Valley consistently impress with their Semillon wines and the lush, fruity Ruby Cabernets grown and processed here, and the cooler region of Overberg is attracting much attention as a result of their silky Pinot Noir bottles. However, all over the oceanic tip of this fascinating country, traditional methods dating back over three hundred years are combining with modern technologies to produce some of the finest examples of New World wines to be found anywhere on the globe.