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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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Winery: Alheit Vineyards

Varietal: Chenin Blanc

Originating in France yet now grown in many parts of the New World, Chenin Blanc is one of the most versatile and highly regarded white wine grape varietals on earth. These green skinned grapes hold a relatively high acid content, and as such can be used for making still white wines of exceptional quality, as well as superb sparkling wines (such as the Crémant wines of the Loire Valley) and extremely aromatic dessert wines. Their natural transparency means that they are a fine grape for expressing their terroir in the bottle, and winemakers often experiment with this varietal to coax unusual and intense flavors from the grapes, such as allowing the development of noble rot on the fruit in order to make sweet and viscous wines of a unique character.

Region: Coastal Region

The coastal region of South Africa is a wonderful place for viticulture. With gorgeously long, hot summer days, tempered by brisk oceanic winds, the grapevines can grow healthily, the fruit can ripen fully, and beautiful wines of great character and flavor can be made. For several hundred years now, the coastal region of South Africa has proven itself to be a highly important wine region, capable of supporting many grape varietals, suitable for still, fortified and sparkling wines. Today, the most popular grapes by far are Chenin Blanc, which produces the most recognizable wines of South Africa. However, also popular are many of the Bordeaux varieties of red and white grape, along with relative newcomers, such as Pinotage, which grow exceptionally well in the coastal terroir.

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.