Cartology, 2014, Chris & Suzaan Alheit, Chenin Blanc/Semillon
The Wine Society - £27.00
Tasting date - 31/12/2018
Appearance - Pale lemon
Nose intensity - Pronounced
Primary aroma - White blossom, apricot, peach, quince, ripe pear, slight grassy note
Secondary aroma - Cream, butter, vanilla
Tertiary aroma - Honey, toffee popcorn, toasted pine nut, brazil nut
Sweetness - Off-dry
Acidity - Medium plus
Tannin and nature - None
Alcohol - Medium plus
Body - Medium plus
Intensity - Pronounced
Primary flavours - White blossom, apricot, peach, quince, ripe pear, slight grassy note
Secondary flavours - Cream, butter, vanilla
Tertiary flavours - Honey, toffee popcorn, toasted pine nut, brazil nut
Finish - Long
Quality - Outstanding
Blind Tasting Logic
The standard use of BLIC will safely guide you to the outstanding quality, luckily the tertiary notes are in full swing which makes the conclusion easy.
A mixture of oak, alcohol and stone fruit notes should place you either in Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc but the touch of sweetness on the palate should place it in Chenin. A helping hand of either two other Chenin Blancs in the line-up or two other South African wines would obviously help.
A truly terrific wine that is just starting to open up, this wine has a long future ahead of it.