Top South Africa Cape white blends

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Critics are abuzz at what looks set to be 'the next big thing' from South Africa: premium white blends to rival the best from Bordeaux, the Rhone and beyond. Tina Gellie visits the Cape to find out why and selects 12 of the best picks to buy...
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South Africa Cape Blends, Alheit Vineyards Cartology 2011
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Alheit Vineyards, Cartology, Western Cape 2011

Alheit Vineyards, Cartology, Western Cape 2011
(92% Chenin Blanc, 8% Semillon)
Seven parcels of dry-farmed, 30- to 80-year old bush vines. Bold and complex. Super-bright acidity lifts juicy apple, plum and citrus fruit. Creamy, nutty texture. Saline, mineral length.  (19/20pts (96/100pts)
Price
£22–£24 Bentleys Wine, Berry Bros & Rudd, Halifax Wine, Handford, Lay & Wheeler, SA Wines Online, Swig
Drink 2013–2020
Alc 14%