Alto - Cabernet Sauvignon - Case 6 x 750ml
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Alto, situated on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain in the Stellenbosch district, dates back to 1693 when it was part of a much larger farm called Groenrivier (Green River), granted to a free burgher by governor Simon Van Der Steel. In 1919 the owner of the farm, Hennie Malan, sold off half the land to his brother-in-law and set about planting vines on his remaining portion, focusing exclusively on red varieties. He named the farm alto, a reference to it's altitude (some slopes rise as high as 500m above sea level) and his striving for excellence. Alto has 93 hectors under vines. The trellised vineyards cling to the high granite slopes, ideal for the cultivation of red wine varieties.
This wine is made from grapes of north-facing dryland vines, between 9 and 20 years old, that grow in decomposed granite soils and clay subsoil situated at altitudes of 135m and 475m above sea level respectively. The vines on the higher slopes are fanned by the cooling maritime breezes from nearby false bay. A five-wire fence was used to trellis the vines, which yielded a low 4 to 5 tons per hector. Winemaking (winemaker: Schalk Van Der Westhuizen) The grapes were harvested by hand at the end of march at 25 degrees celsius to 26 degrees celsius balling. After destalking and crushing, the mash was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius, using the selected NT112 yeast culture. The juice was separated from the skins after 10 days. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked into first, second- and third-fill French Oak barrels and matured for 18 months.
Wine Maker's Comments:
- Colour: Plum red
- Bouquet: Cherries, violets, black olives, some dark chocolate and a hint of tobacco
- Taste: Full-bodied and mouth-filling with cherries, tobacco, dark chocolate and a good tannic structure
- Food Pairing: Excellent enjoyed on it's own or served with steak, lamb, stews and casseroles
- Alcohol: 14.88% by volume
- Residual sugar: 3.40 g-l
- Total acidity: 6.06 g-l
- pH: 3.51
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- Alto - Cabernet Sauvignon - Case 6 x 750ml
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