Alto Fine Old Vintage

According to an old Portuguese proverb, “All wine would be Port – if it could!” With Alto’s famous red wines, however, our winemaker would most certainly object to such a statement. Nevertheless, there was much excitement in the air as Alto Wine Estate launched its Fine Old Vintage.

Alto Fine Old Vintage originates from the idyllic conditions that have made the Stellenbosch Winelands an internationally renowned winemaking region. The cool 2008 vintage produced superb, slow ripening Shiraz grapes with concentrated fruit flavours. Hand-picked at optimum ripeness, the grapes were destalked and crushed. Colour and tannins were extracted during a short fermentation which was halted by the addition of fine brandy spirits in the traditional manner. Wood was used judiciously. To preserve the fruit components, Alto Fine Old Vintage is aged for 12 months in 300 litre oak barrels.

The Winemaker's Comments

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Ruby with a youthful purple tint.

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A mélange of honey, chocolate and raisin aromas with nuances of prunes, cinnamon, nuts and coffee.

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Rich and almost creamy on the palate this Fine Old Vintage smacks of raisin, almond, walnut and coffee flavours.

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Food Pairing:

We consider this Fine Old Vintage the ultimate winter warmer. While it is delightful on its own the Alto Fine Old Vintage superbly complements a selection of full-flavoured cheeses at the end of a meal, rich desserts, a bowl of nuts or even a cup of fine coffee. Serve the Alto Fine Old Vintage at 18° C.

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Available Vintages via our online shop:

2006 and 2008.


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Hover over awards for more information

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  • Award: Michelangelo
  • Vintage: 2006
  • Year: 2009
  • Awarded: Silver
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  • Award: Veritas
  • Vintage: 2006
  • Year: 2009
  • Awarded: Silver
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