2019 Cape of Good Hope 'Altima Sauvignon Blanc'

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2019 Cape of Good Hope 'Altima Sauvignon Blanc'

Tasting Notes 

The Initial aromas of intense asparagus and green pepper are followed by upfront passion fruit and gooseberry on the nose.  The palate is rich and full of the same intense and powerful flavour, beautifully balanced by the tangy acidity which gives length and vibrancy to the succulent tropical sweetness. A lip-smacking wine with a long, juicy finish.


In the Vineyard 

Altima is situated in Elandskloof, an isolated valley north of Villiersdorp which is 5km wide and is surrounded by a steep mountain range that rises 1km from the valley floor. The steep topography causes the valley to receive less direct sunlight due to the overshadowing mountains. This, together with the elevation of 600 to 850m results in a very cool climate for the valley. This unique terroir produces wines with a high natural acidity and upfront aromas. Grapes are harvested much later than other sites in the Western Cape, with harvest usually starting early in March. The vineyards produce an intense Sauvignon Blanc with a fresh expression of passion fruit, gooseberry, citrus and freshly cut grass.

In the Cellar

Each parcel’s free run juice was settled and fermented separately in stainless steel tanks, and the wine spent 7 months on the lees before being blended and bottled.

The grapes were harvested by hand at optimum ripeness levels, with each parcel contributing flavours ranging from grassy, green peppers to riper tropical fruits. Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. All the fruit was de-stemmed and crushed before an overnight skin contact period allowed for the maximum extraction of flavour.

History

Anthonij Rupert Wyne was founded on the farm, L`Ormarins in Franschhoek. Originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, who passed away in 2001, the farm was eventually taken over by his brother Johann Rupert in 2003 and the brand named after him. It was Johann Rupert who constructed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, catapulting the farm into a prestigious wine estate and the beginnings of what is now a sprawling enterprise.

The focus is on terroir specific wines and therefore it would seem obvious that the brand is made up of an impressive portfolio of farms representing the best in grape producing locations. The portfolio is made up of L`Ormarins situated in Franschhoek, Rooderust in Darling, Riebeeksrivier in the Swartland and Altima in isolated Elandskloof. Individually each site offers optimum varietal specific growing conditions, allowing Anthonij Rupert Wyne to adhere to the requirements of their different brands.

Specifications

Year 2019
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
14% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.5 units
Type White Wine
Cellaring Potential 3-5 years
Food Matching Perfect with Salmon, Seafood, White fish and soft cheeses
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin Overberg
Appellation WO Western Cape (Elandskloof)