Alto Cabernet Sauvignon

The wine is made from the grapes of irrigated, north-facing vines in the Stellenbosch Winelands.

These vines grow in decomposed granite soils and a clay subsoil at altitudes of 135 metres and 475 metres above sea level, with those at the higher levels cooled by False Bay breezes. They are trellised on a five-wire hedge system and yield four to five tons the hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand at the end of March at 24-25°C Balling and after destalking and crushing, the mash is fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25-27°C. The juice is then separated from the skins after 10 days and then racked into first-, second- and third-fill French oak barrels and matured for 18 months.

The Winemaker's Comments

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Colour:

Plum red.

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Bouquet:

Cherries, violets, black olives, some dark chocolate and a hint of tobacco.

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Taste:

This full-bodied, mouth-filling wine boasts flavours of cherries, tobacco and dark chocolate which are underpinned by a good tannic structure.

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Food Pairing:

We suggest that you enjoy good winter fare with this wine. If steak, lamb, stews and casseroles are on the menu, a glass of Alto Cabernet Sauvignon shouldn’t be too far out of reach.

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Available Vintages via our online shop:

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Accolades

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  • Award: Platter
  • Vintage: 2007
  • Year: 2010
  • Awarded: 4 Stars
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  • Award: Michelangelo
  • Vintage: 2007
  • Year: 2009
  • Awarded: Silver
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  • Award: Veritas
  • Vintage: 2006
  • Year: 2009
  • Awarded: Silver
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  • Award: Michelangelo
  • Vintage: 2005
  • Year: 2008
  • Awarded: Gold
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  • Award: SAA
  • Vintage: 2001
  • Year: 2004
  • Awarded: SAA Listing for 2005: First Class
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  • Award: Veritas
  • Vintage: 2005
  • Year: 2008
  • Awarded: Gold
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  • Award: SAA
  • Vintage: 2004
  • Year: 2006
  • Awarded: SAA Listing for 2005: First Class
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