Alheit Vineyards


When prospecting, every now and then you strike gold. Contermanskloof farm is tucked away in the heart of the Tygerberg (Durbanville) hills. It’s been in existence since 1706, and in the Starke family since the early 1900s. I’d never have thought that such a special place might be hidden so close to the city.

These bushvine parcels were planted in 1977 on heavy shale soils. The vines are big and gnarly, low yielding but still in good condition. The South-West facing slope is quite steep, looking back toward Table Mountain. Standing there, it’s easy to imagine those early farmers of long-ago growing produce for the passing ships and the burgeoning settlement.

There’s terrific depth to the wine – a low seismic rumble of earthy, salty/sweet flavours and substantial texture. It contributes palate weight and depth to Cartology. This is not a crisp and springy Chenin. This is high-fidelity shale.