Husband-and-wife team Chris and Suzaan Alheit produce exclusive white wines under this family label from heritage-variety vineyards across the Western Cape. The Alheit’s goal is to produce wines with a clear Cape identity. They want to show that the Cape’s vinous heritage is worth celebrating and protecting, that old vineyards and ‘ordinary grapes’ are in fact wonderful, and that winemakers are only just scratching the surface of what’s possible in the Cape. The Alheits and those who work with them believe in farming as close to nature as they can, and encouraging naturally healthy soil. They believe that this is paramount in making fine wine. ‘Dead soil,’ they say, ‘gives dead wine.’
Lost and Found is a once-off wine for them and the name both reflects the name of the farm, Gevonden (found), and is of personal significance as they lost the parcel long ago but recovered it years later, only to possibly lose it again with the recent emigration of the current owners. The ancient vines from which this Hanepoort (Muscat Alexandrie) comes were – according to the De Wet/Boonzaair family history – planted in 1882 although records only show wine being produced from them in 1900. Gevonden is not far from Rawsonville.