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Platter's Review: 4 * (89 Points)
The impressive Alto Cabernet Sauvignon, blends Old World elegance with the full-bodied, fruit-driven character typical of wines from the Golden Triangle. Named for its superior terroir, the Golden Triangle lies at the heart of Stellenbosch’s reputation for producing South Africa’s defining Cabernet Sauvignons. Harvested by hand and matured in French oak for 18 months, the Alto Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect example of how this region is well deserving of its reputation as the ‘Kingdom of Cabernet’.
Excellent enjoyed on its own or served with red meat dishes like ostrich, beef fillet or lamb. It is also a great accompaniment to game fish like yellowtail or tuna.
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 smaller farm Alto, a reference to its altitude (some slopes rise as high as 500m above sea level) and his striving for excellence.
Alcohol: 14.7% vol
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