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Alto Rouge 2014

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Schalk van der Westhuizen
Main Variety
Cabernet Franc
Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol
14.0 %vol
pH
3.5
RS
3.2 g/l
TA
5.4 g/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Style
Dry
Body
Full

Accolades

2016 Sommerliers Selection Award Winner - 1B wine by the glass award

Tasting Notes

Colour: Dark ruby red.
Bouquet: Powerful berry fruit with cigar box and dark chocolate followed by vanilla and oak spices.
Taste: A true reflection of 2014. Elegant but powerful medium bodied, soft tannins

Blend Information

30% Cabernet Franc, 26% Shiraz, 16% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon

Food Suggestions

Excellent on its own or served with simply- flavoured red meat, game and duck dishes.

In The Vineyard

Background
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.


Vineyard
The four 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 160m to 500m above sea level, and benefit from the cooling effects of the afternoon maritime breezes during the ripening season.

About The Harvest

The four varieties, which ripen at different times, were harvested at between 23° and 26° Balling.

At the time of picking, the vines were between 9 and 22years old and yielded 6 to 10 tons per hectare.

In The Cellar

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 18 months in a combination of first-, second- and third-fill barriques, mostly of French, American and Hungarian oak, before the desired blend was made.

Other Vintages

Alto Rouge 2014 Schalk van der Westhuizen Cabernet Franc
Alto Rouge 2013 Schalk van der Westhuizen Cabernet Franc
Alto Rouge 2012 Schalk van der Westhuizen Cabernet Franc
Alto Rouge 2011 Schalk van der Westhuizen Cabernet Franc
Alto Rouge 2010 Schalk van der Westhuizen Shiraz
Alto Rouge 2009 Schalk van der Westhuizen Shiraz
Alto Rouge 2008 Schalk van der Westhuizen Merlot
Alto Rouge 2007 Schalk van der Westhuizen Merlot
Alto Rouge 2006 Schalk van der Westhuizen Merlot
Alto Rouge 2005 Schalk van der Westhuizen Merlot
Alto Rouge 2004 Schalk van der Westhuizen Merlot
Alto Rouge 2003 Schalk van der Westhuizen Merlot
Alto Rouge 2002 Schalk van der Westhuizen Merlot
Alto Rouge 2001 Schalk van der Westhuizen Merlot

CONTACT DETAILS

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