Cartology (meaning the study of maps) is a vinous exploration of Cape heritage. It’s intended to be a picture of the Cape, seen through the lens of her mature vineyards, in a given vintage. Therefore, the cuveé is composed of rare and extraordinary parcels of mature dryland bushvines. Naturally, the varieties used are also heritage varieties, namely Chenin blanc and Semillon. They have been planted in the Cape for centuries.
Cartology has become our staple offering. It serves as a poster child wine for our project (and I dare say for Cape heritage wines in general). In theory we should be able to make an excellent version pretty much every vintage. It’s the best possible introduction to our wines. As a rule, the Cartology parcels are dry farmed bushvines, with a minimum age of 30 years, although most are around 40 years old. We’re extremely picky about the parcels that are allowed to make this wine. To illustrate this point, it happens sometimes that even vineyards that feature regularly in Cartology are declassified if they have a mediocre vintage.
Composition: 87% Chenin, 13% Semillon. The Chenin comes from our parcels in the Skurfberg, Piekenierskloof, Perdeberg, Bottelary, False Bay and Tygerberg. The Semillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek.
Notes: This wine has a great sense of balance. It’s my personal favourite Cartology bottling to date. The new parcels seem to have added dimensions to it – both depth and height. The nose, more than ever, shows striking high toned citrus and honeysuckle, apple, some fynbos and thatch notes. The palate is truly vibrant, ringing with flavour and movement, sweet and saline tug-o-war. It finishes long, after which you die from sensory overload. Cheers. 13.5% alc
Composition: The Chenin comes from our parcels in the Skurfberg, Perdeberg, Bottelary, and False Bay. The Semillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek.
Tasting Notes: The nose shows lemon peel, fennel, spearmint, ripe apple and pear, perhaps a touch of honey. The palate is very vibrant and fine, with ample texture and weight. The finish is long and refreshing. For me, this is the most balanced Cartology bottling to date. Is it arrogance to feel so good about a wine? Yep, probably.
Composition: The Chenin comes from our parcels in the Skurfberg, Perdeberg, Bottelary, False Bay and Botrivier. The Semillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek.
Notes: I almost think it’s enough to quietly inform you that 2015 was an extremely good vintage for white wine in the Cape. So much so, that we’re keeping quite a bit more than usual for ourselves. This bottling is intensely flavoured; ripe pear, honey and limey citrus come to mind. There are herbal/floral notes too - spearmint and lime leaf. As with all of our 2015’s, the natural acid is a treat.
Composition: The Chenin come from our parcels in the Skurfberg, Perdeberg, Bottelary, False Bay and Botrivier. The Semillon comes from the old La Colline block in Franschhoek.
Notes: By now you are probably familiar with the concept, vineyards, and character of our Cartology bottlings. The 2014 wine is very alive and vibrant. Obviously it’s just a baby, but so far has a nose of lime, fennel and quince. The palate is taught, very fine and balanced, with excellent structure and a persistent finish.
Composition: 35% Skurfberg, 31% Perdeberg, 12% Bottelary hills, 10% Kasteelberg (all Chenin blanc), 12% Franschhoek (very old Semillon vineyard)
Tasting notes: Still extremely youthful, this wine is already displaying wonderful depths and subtleties. The nose is showing bright citrus notes, honeysuckle, fennel, ripe apple and pear. Already evident hints of stone fruits, quince and honey will become more pronounced with time. The palate is very bright and fine. The wine feels harmonious and succulent, with fantastic natural concentration and a persistent finish.
Composition: CARTOLOGY 2012: 35% Skurfberg (Citrusdal Mountain), 31% Perdeberg 15% Kasteelberg, 5% Bottelary Hills (all Chenin blanc) 14% Franschhoek (very old Semillon vineyard)
Tasting notes: The nose is a complex, both earthy and bright, showing lemon peel, ripe stone fruits and ripe apple. The palate is taut and slightly saline, with very good concentration and depth. The wine has a fine form, without excess bulk. Finish is very long, with a noticeable interplay of saline/sweet/tart elements.
Composition: CARTOLOGY 2011: 30% Perdeberg, 30% Skurfberg (Citrusdal Mountain), 20% Kasteelberg, 12% Bottelary Hills (all Chenin Blanc) 8% Franschhoek (very old Semillon vineyard)
Tasting notes: The nose is a complex, almost aggressive, showing ripe stone fruits and quince, punctuated by high notes of limey citrus and honey. The palate shows ample power, without excess weight. It has a fine form; seamless from the formidable attack, through mineral laden somewhat “nervous” mid palate. Persistent finish, final impression is refreshing and moreish.
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