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Alto Rouge Red Blend 2021

Alto Rouge Red Blend 2021


The dark ruby Alto Rouge consists of an exquisite blend of five varietals – Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Rich, dark fruit flavours supported by cedarwood spice and hints of chocolate dominate the nose. Fresh red and rich dark fruit flavours on the palate, backed up by soft, elegant tannins. Rich, balanced finish. A stylish princely wine with excellent aging potential.


SKU: ALT-005
Alcohol Volume: 14%
Sugar G/L: 2.5 g/l
Type of wine: Other Red Wines, Red Wine
Cultivar: Other Red Wines
Food Pairing: Cheese, Meat, Poultry

More Information

In the cellar

The 5 grape varieties used to make up this blend ripen at different times and were harvested at 24° to 26° Balling. Each varietal was vinified separately and fermented on the skins for over seven days at 25° to 27°C in closed stainless-steel tanks. The fermenting mash was pumped over several times a day. After malolactic fermentation the component wines were aged for 14-16 months in a combination of first-, second- and third-fill barriques, mostly of French and American oak, before the desired blend was made.

In the vineyard

The 5 varietals were handpicked from trellised vineyards which grow in Hutton and Glenrosa soils. The north and north-west facing vineyards are situated against the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, some 100m 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 3 and 25 years old and yielded 6 to 10 tons per hectare.


Perfect to drink now, or can be aged for a further 8 to 10 years from date of vintage.

Food Pairing

Perfect on its own or with roast chicken, grilled beef, duck and even a selection of preserves and matured cheeses.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2022
    • Gilbert and Gaillard International Challenge – Double Gold
    • Platters 4 star
    • International Wine and Spirit Competition – 91 points
    • Veritas – Gold
    • Wine Mag – 92 points
    • James Suckling – 91 points
  •  2021
    • Platters 4 star
    • 90 points Tim Atkins South Africa report
  • 2020
    • Gilbert & Gaillard International Tasting Gold
    • Vitis Vinifera Awards Gold
    • Platters 4 star
  • 2019
    • Veritas Gold
    • Winemag rating – 92 points

About the Wine Estate

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 Stel. 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 its 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 hectares 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 flavour in the fruit.

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