According to an old Portuguese proverb, “All wine would be Port – if it could!” With Alto’s famous red wines however, our winemaker would most certainly object to such a statement. Nevertheless, there was much excitement in the air when Alto first launched its Fine Old Vintage.
Alto Fine Old Vintage originates from the idyllic conditions that have made the Stellenbosch Winelands an internationally renowned winemaking region. The cool 2008 vintage produced superb, slow ripening Shiraz grapes.
Hand-picked at optimum ripeness, the grapes were destalked and crushed. Colour and tannins were extracted during a short fermentation which was halted by the addition of fine brandy spirits in the traditional manner. Wood was used judiciously. To preserve the fruit components, Alto Fine Old Vintage is aged for 12 months in 300 litre oak barrels, resulting in rich and almost creamy on the palate with raisin, almond, walnut and coffee characters.