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Alto Shiraz 2018

Alto Shiraz 2018

R280,00

Bright, rich red in colour. Perfumed floral notes, backed up by violets with complex spice undertones and hints of fynbos. A medium-bodied wine with ripe plums, black currant and luxurious tannin structure. A beautifully balanced wine with a lingering, memorable finish.

Specifications

SKU: ALT-002
Alcohol Volume: 14.4%
Sugar G/L: 2.7g/l
Type of wine: Red Wine
Cultivar: Syrah/Shiraz
Food Pairing: Meat

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In the cellar

The grapes were harvested by hand at 24.5° to 26° Balling in mid-March. After destalking and crushing, the juice was fermented for 10 days on the skins in stainless steel tanks at 25° to 27°C. A small portion of about 10% of the grapes are whole bunch fermented. We use a pump-over system. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in wood for 18 months, using a combination of first, second and third fill French oak barrels.

In the vineyard

The grapes for this wine came from vineyards planted in deep, decomposed granite and clay soils on a north-westerly slope, situated some 100m to 150m above sea level. The vines are grown under optimum conditions and are trellised on a seven-wire trellising system. They yielded eight to 12 tons per hectare.

Ageing

This wine drinks well now. It can age wonderfully for a further five to ten years during which time the flavours and bouquet will develop.

Cultivar

100% Shiraz

Food Pairing

Excellent enjoyed with Mediterranean-style dishes, spicy lamb, beef or pork roasts. A great accompaniment to smoked meat as well as a traditional South African barbeque.

About the Wine Estate

It was thanks to the foresight of the farmer Manie Malan who, together with his father Hennie, recognised that the property’s unique aspect, soils and slopes were ideal for crafting full-bodied red wines. They named the farm Alto, homage to both the farm’s altitude and the family’s pursuit of excellence. The cellar and homestead they built still stand on the estate today. The Malan’s nurtured and expanded these vineyards for four decades, before selling the property to Piet du Toit in 1959. On purchasing the farm Du Toit employed a team of experts to evaluate the terroir and soils, and confirm if the right cultivars were planted across the estate. The consensus? Manie Malan’s intuition couldn’t be faulted. Alto was, and remains, the realm of superlative red wines. In 1983 Piet retired, handing the honour of Alto winemaker to his son Hempies du Toit, a man as famous for his exploits on the rugby field as in the wine cellar. With the turn of the century came a new winemaker in Schalk van der Westhuizen, who further cemented Alto’s reputation in South Africa and abroad. In 2015 he continued the Alto tradition of passing the baton down through the generations, with his son Bertho van der Westhuizen becoming only the fifth winemaker in Alto’s long history.

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