Hemelrand, which surrounds Chris Alheit’s cellar on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, is a field blend, planted as recently as 2010 with Chardonnay, Roussanne, Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Muscat. This is wonderfully fragrant and exotic, all musk, lemongrass and passion fruit with a brisk, tangy finish. 2019-23 92/100 Tim Atkin MW
A blend of Roussane, some Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, a small amount of Verdelho and some Muscat Blanc. An impressive nose with notes of roasted nuts, ripe apples, stone fruit and flowers. A powerful, creamy wine with a pleasantly balancing natural acidity. The basic idea of this mixed sentence is to revive an old Cape tradition. Certainly with varieties that are adapted to today’s times and in an unusually high place of 360 meters above the sea.
About Hemelrand Vine Garden
The Cape has a largely Mediterranean climate, with some cooler regions resembling the windy maritime climate of Spanish Galicia. It stands to reason, that if we wish to make the best wines possible in the Cape, we should play to our strengths by planting grape varieties that suit our climate. Plenty of inspiration can be found throughout the Mediterranean basin and the Iberian Peninsula.
Therefore, based on this premise, Hans Evenhuis planted a vineyard on Hemelrand in the year 2010. We call it Vine Garden. The idea is to bottle the wine just as the vineyard produces it, effectively creating a white field blend that changes every year depending on the vintage conditions. The vineyard was planted in roughly the following proportions: 40 % Chardonnay, 30% Roussanne, 13% Verdelho, 12% Chenin blanc, 3% Viognier, and 2% Muscat Blanc a petit grains. However, as mentioned the proportions of the different grapes produced varies significantly each vintage.
Hemelrand it is situated at 360 meters above sea level, on gravelly clay, and Sandstone. It is cold and windy – a very marginal site. Grapes ripen slowly here. We have high hopes for this place.
26% Chardonnay, 26% Chenin Blanc, 23% Roussanne, 21% Verdelho, 4% Muscat