29 July, 2019 | A cache of superb reds from South Africa’s most esteemed vineyards awaits collectors and connoisseurs.
For close to a century Alto Wine Estate has built a reputation as one of the most respected red-wine producers in South Africa. Its 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested by hand and matured in French oak for 18 months, is described by critics as ‘expressive’, ‘wonderfully pure’ and ‘focussed’, with a taste that is ‘deep, rich and intense’. This red blends a full-bodied fruit-driven character with elegant tannins and will age well for decades.
Another red born from the exceptional terroir of the Stellenbosch Winelands comes in the form of the luxurious 2016 Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage. The estate’s long-standing cellar master Abrie Beeslaar has won the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s International Winemaker of the Year award three times. He believes these accolades are recognition of South Africa’s potential to be rated as one of the world’s premier wine countries.
A complex wine with hints of red-fruit flavours, vanilla and spice and a palate that is sweet, rich and smooth, the 2016 Pinotage spent 18 months maturing in French oak and has an ageing potential of 20 to 25 years. The estate welcomes guests for tastings and offers wines on their own or to enjoy with a pâté, biltong or chocolate pairing.
Raising the bar high for South African wines – and representing a worthy addition for discerning collectors – is De Toren’s Book XVII. An expression of meticulous winemaking and extreme viticulture, it is the logical evolution of the cellar’s acclaimed Bordeaux blends. Each of the four single bunches grown per singular vine is individually nurtured and manicured by hand.
Described as expressive, silky smooth yet powerful, the Book XVII is presented in a striking wooden case, which can only be opened by its unique accompanying key. The bespoke packaging includes a handwritten bottle number.