Alheit Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch Nautical Dawn 2017

Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
TA 94
V 94
WS 92
13.0% ABV
Item # 702534

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750ml
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94 points Tim Atkin, MW: "Nautical Dawn is another new wine from Chris Alheit and, as its name suggests, hails from vineyards that are very close to False Bay. Planted in 1978 and 1988, the two sites are both on granite soils, and used to go into Cartology. Spry, refreshing and athletic, this is a taut, saline white with a hint of nectarine sweetness. 2019-26."

94 points Neal Martin (Vinous): "The 2017 Nautical Dawn comes from two vineyards on pure granite soils overlooking False Bay, fermented and matured in neutral old barrels. It has a very "come hither" bouquet of yellow fruit, lemon thyme and hints of lemon curd, all exceptionally well defined. The expressive palate features orange pith, white peach and guava, and the acidity is very well judged with just the right amount of salinity toward the finish. What a superb debut! Drink: 2019-2030. (Aug 2018)"

92 points Wine Spectator: "[$63 list] Bright lemon peel, white peach and honeysuckle notes stream through in this engaging Chenin, with a flash of nectarine at the very end for contrast. Juicy and delicious. Chenin Blanc. Drink now through 2021. 278 cases made, 62 cases imported. (6/15/19)"
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94 points Tim Atkin, MW: "Nautical Dawn is another new wine from Chris Alheit and, as its name suggests, hails from vineyards that are very close to False Bay. Planted in 1978 and 1988, the two sites are both on granite soils, and used to go into Cartology. Spry, refreshing and athletic, this is a taut, saline white with a hint of nectarine sweetness. 2019-26."

94 points Neal Martin (Vinous): "The 2017 Nautical Dawn comes from two vineyards on pure granite soils overlooking False Bay, fermented and matured in neutral old barrels. It has a very "come hither" bouquet of yellow fruit, lemon thyme and hints of lemon curd, all exceptionally well defined. The expressive palate features orange pith, white peach and guava, and the acidity is very well judged with just the right amount of salinity toward the finish. What a superb debut! Drink: 2019-2030. (Aug 2018)"

92 points Wine Spectator: "[$63 list] Bright lemon peel, white peach and honeysuckle notes stream through in this engaging Chenin, with a flash of nectarine at the very end for contrast. Juicy and delicious. Chenin Blanc. Drink now through 2021. 278 cases made, 62 cases imported. (6/15/19)"
Product SKU 702534
Producer Alheit
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
SubRegion Stellenbosch
Varietal Chenin Blanc
Vintage 2017
Size 750ml
Color White
ABV 13.0%
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