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’.
2019 is the first vintage of this single origin mature, bush vine dry-farmed Chenin. The name is a rough translation from the Afrikaans, Besemgoeskop, which aptly describes a natural feature on top of the high ridge on which the vines were planted between 1972 and 1985, previously owned by the La Chevallerie family. The pure decomposed granite soil yields wines of great clarity and focus.