Alto - Rouge - Case 6 x 750ml


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Alto - Rouge - Case 6 x 750ml
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. The cellar was built in 1920. alto has 93 hectors under vines. The trellised vineyards cling to the high granite slopes, ideal for the cultivation of red wine varieties. Harvesting at alto traditionally only starts at the end of February beginning march due to the cooling influence of the southerly breezes during this time. This ensures gradual ripening of the grapes and contributes to the development of delicate flavours in the fruit. Vineyards The four varietals were handpicked from trellised vineyards which grow in Hutton and Glen Rosa soils. The north and north-west facing vineyards are situated against the slopes of the Helderberg mountain, some 160m to 500m above sea level, and benefit from the cooling effects of the afternoon maritime breezes during the ripening season. At the time of picking, the vines were between 9 and 21 years old and yielded 6 to 10 tons per hector. Winemaking (winemaker: Schalk Van Der Westhuizen) The four grape varieties used to make up this blend ripen at different times and were harvested at 23 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius balling. Each varietal was vinified separately and fermented on the skins for over seven days at 25 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius in closed stainless-steel tanks. The fermenting mash was pumped over several times a day. After malolactic fermentation, the component wines were aged for 18 months in a combination of first-, second- and third-fill barriques, of French, American and Hungarian Oak, before the blend was made up.

What's in the box:
x 6 Alto - Rouge

- Colour: Dark ruby red.
- Bouquet: Powerful berry fruit with cigar box and dark chocolate followed by vanilla and Oak spices.
- Taste: Full-bodied with appealing blackberry flavours followed by tobacco, chocolate, toast and vanilla and a good tannic structure adding complexity and long maturation potential
- Food Pairing: Excellent on it's own or served with simply- flavoured red meat, game and duck dishes

- Size: 750ml
- Material: Glass
- Weight: 8.19kg

Chemical Analysis:
- Alcohol: 14% by vol
- Residual sugar: 2.8 g-l
- Total acidity: 5.8 g-l
- pH: 3.48
- Extract: 33.30 g-l

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Alto - Estate Rouge - Case 6 x 750ml
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