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Platter's Review: 4 *
2017 Tim Atkin SA Report 91 Points
2017 Veritas Double Gold
A Cape institution, produced for more than half a century. Ensuring the blend is greater than the sum of its parts is the final challenge for any winemaker, and a fine example of the winemaker’s skill in the cellar is the estate’s iconic blend, Alto Rouge. Since 1922, when it was first produced on Alto and exported to Europe, Alto Rouge has become one of South Africa’s renowned wines. Aged in French and American oak for 18 months before blending, Alto Rouge is a carefully chosen combination of five cultivars: in 2016 a blend of Cabernet Franc (31%) Shiraz (28%) Cabernet Sauvignon (22%) Merlot (10%) and Petit Verdot (9%) Fresh lively red. Earthy, meaty, red fruit, cedarwood spice and a hint of chocolate dominates the nose. Fresh red fruit flavours on the palate, backed-up by soft, elegant tannins. Long balanced finish. A stylish princely wine with excellent aging potential.
Perfect on its own or with roast chicken, grilled beef, duck and even a selection of preserves and matured cheeses.
With a history dating back to the latter 17th century, the picturesque Alto Wine Estate stands in the renowned Stellenbosch Winelands of the Golden Triangle. The winery boasts eight decades of winemaking by four generations of experts. The Alto Wine Estate specialises in vintages for the dedicated connoisseur. From the blackfruit flavours of the Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum to the intense red Alto Mphs, prestigious quality is unsurpassed.
Alcohol: 14% vol
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