Alheit Vineyards Nautical Dawn 2017

“If we are to tell the story of Cape Chenin, then it’s paramount to show this coastline, with i’t poor soil (pale decomposed granite) and clear ocean influence. The Cool southern parts of Stellenbosch are very different to the central and northern parts of the appellation where the days are warmer, and the soils are darker.”

Nautical Dawn is made from two parcels – the 1978 bushvine planting on Rustenhof 220m above sea-level, 4km from the bay, and the 1988 planting on Karibib farm at 220m above sea-level 13km from the water. Both are dry farmed, granite and south-east facing.

Expect yellow fruit and floral notes on the nose. The palate shows lovely fruit and coated acidity. There is a slightly saline quality present which foils the richness of the wine.

This wine is on only available in the first week of August – but you can place an order with Simone at carowine@mweb.co.za before then.