Alto Shiraz

Alto Shiraz is born from vineyards planted in deep, red, decomposed granite and clay soils in the Stellenbosch Winelands.

The vines are trellised on a five-wire hedge system and yield five to six tons of grapes per hectare. The grapes used in each bottle of our award-winning Shiraz are harvested by hand at the end of March at 26-27° Balling. After destalking and crushing, the juice is fermented for seven days on the skins in stainless steel tanks at 25-27°C. The wine is then aged in wood for 18 months, using a combination of first, second and third-fill French (40%) and American (60%) oak barrels.

The Winemaker's Comments

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Colour:

Ruby red.

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Bouquet:

Blackcurrant and prunes with smoky, spicy undertones laced with berry and fruit.

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Taste:

Full-bodied with delicate spice, prune and plum flavours, a creamy mouth-feel and a good tannic backbone.

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Food Pairing:

Excellent enjoyed with Mediterranean dishes such as spicy lamb and meat casseroles, roasts, oxtail and even the traditional South African barbeque.

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Available Vintages via our online shop:

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Accolades

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Hover over awards for more information

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  • Award: IWSC
  • Vintage: 2007
  • Year: 2010
  • 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: Classic Wine Trophy
  • Vintage: 2004
  • Year: 2007
  • Awarded: The Classic Wine Trophy
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  • Award: Selections Mondiales (Canada)
  • Vintage: 2004
  • Year: 2007
  • Awarded: Gold Medal
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  • Award: Veritas
  • Vintage: 2004
  • Year: 2006
  • Awarded: Gold
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  • Award: Decanter
  • Vintage: 2001
  • Year: 2005
  • Awarded: Best SA Rhone Varietal Over 10 Pound
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  • Award: Veritas
  • Vintage: 2006
  • Year: 2010
  • Awarded: Silver
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