Alto M.P.H.S.

Only four winemakers have crafted wines at the Alto Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Winelands in its eight decade history.

Three of the four winemakers – Piet du Toit, Hempies du Toit and Schalk van der Westhuizen – gathered in late 2010 at the idyllic estate to launch the much anticipated Alto M.P.H.S. 2007 which takes its name from their initials. The powerfully sleek micro-cuvée was created to honour the extraordinary soils and location of this Stellenbosch Winelands red wine estate. A mere 1 800 litres of the 67/33 blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for two years in wood and then left to mature in the bottle for another year before release.

Of the Alto M.P.H.S., winemaker, Schalk van der Westhuizen had this to say,
“When you pick at such ripeness, it is always a challenge to achieve a finessed profile but I think we have succeeded. The wine is ready for enjoyment now but it has the structure to age for a decade at least.”

The Winemaker's Comments

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Colour:

Dark lively brick red.

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Bouquet:

Typical Cabernet qualities namely lots of red berry fruit, a touch of nuttiness, good intensity with subtle wood overtones.

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Taste:

The wine is very well balanced with soft grape and wood tannins together with ripe fruit. The wine has a very pleasant after taste.

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Food Pairing:

Excellent enjoyed on its own or served with lamb, steak, venison, casseroles, charcuterie and even mature cheeses.

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Available Vintages via our online shop:

2007.

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