2020 Cargaux Two Pack
“In my opinion, South Africa’s Western Cape is one of the most intriguing wine regions on the planet.”
The Argaux team first met Chase Carhartt, a winemaker for Carhartt Family Wines in the Santa Ynez Valley, in 2015 during a visit to the Central Coast. We were captivated by the vibe and energy of their intimate tasting room and immediately bonded with Chase and the Carhartt family. Since our passion for wine instilled a lifelong friendship, we naturally began brainstorming on ways we could collaborate. Chase—initially drawn to South Africa (SA) because of its history and emerging wine culture—has been working alongside the Storm Wines SA team for the last three years, barreling his own Pinot Noir and Syrah. As Chase was putting his first personal project into barrel, we were able to begin importing. Timing was perfect and we couldn’t be more excited to work with Chase and bring this incredible wine stateside.
“In my opinion, South Africa’s Western Cape is one of the most intriguing wine regions on the planet. What initially attracted me to this part of the world is the combination of the country’s history in wine alongside a new and unique identity that is emerging current day. Here, the melting pot of culture, language, and philosophy is unprecedented. After three vintages working with the team at Storm Wines S.A., I was finally able to craft small lots of both Pinot Noir and Syrah to showcase a taste of what the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, in South Africa’s Western Cape, has to offer.” — Chase Carhartt
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HEMEL-EN-AARDE, WALKER BAY
Hemel-en-Aarde is a small ward within the famous Walker Bay district, an area well exposed to the ocean on the Cape South Coast of South Africa. Although tiny, this area is known for some of the best fruit and wines. With high potential for cool-climate wines, you’ll find great quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir here. Due to the small region being fairly spread out, producers here can be very individualized and unique.
South of the Equator is one of the most interesting wine-growing regions, South Africa. Due to its location within the continent, you would think South Africa would be mostly hot. However, most of South Africa’s wine regions are found along the coastline and benefit from cooling influences including the Southern Ocean. Another defining feature for South African wine land is dramatic mountain ranges providing a landscape with different altitudes and aspects that allows winemakers to produce a wide range of wine styles. South Africa also has unique ancient granite soils (over 600 million years old), resulting in bold red and white wines with high intensity. Famously grown here in both dry and sweet styles is the white grape varietal, Chenin Blanc.