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M.P.H.S 2017

R 995.00

The pinnacle of the range is the Alto MPHS, a flagship release made in tribute to the estate’s previous winemakers, whose initials make up the name. Produced only in exceptional vintages, this exclusive blend of noble cultivars encapsulates the thread of family, tradition and quality that has run through Alto...

Cabernet Franc – The vines were 21 years old at the time of harvesting, west-facing and situated some 400m above sea level. Grown in deep Hutton soil, the vines are located on slopes cooled by afternoon sea breezes. Drip irrigation was used only when deemed necessary. The yield achieved was 5 tons per hectare. Cabernet Sauvignon – The vines were 10 years old at the time of harvesting, north to northwest facing and situated some 300m above sea level. Grown in rocky, decomposed granite soil, they are located on slopes cooled by afternoon sea breezes. Drip irrigation was used only when deemed necessary. The vines yielded an average of 7 tons per hectare.

The Cabernet Franc grapes were hand-harvested at 24° to 25° Balling in early March 2017 and the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at 24° to 25° Balling in late March 2017. Grapes were vinified separately and fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 25° to 27°C. The pump-over method was used to ensure maximum extraction of colour. The wines were pressed after 21 days and were racked into new 300L French oak barrels. After malolactic fermentation it was racked off the less and back into barrel for 18 months. The wine was blended without fining and received a light filtering before it was bottled in early 2019. Total quantity produced: 2613 bottles.

Colour:Deep garnet.
Bouquet:Graphite, Fynbos and autumnal fruit.
Taste:Deep flavours of dark berry and plum off-set by pine-needle and pencil shavings.  Tannins are sleek, muscular and complex offering a full and complete flavour profile.
Food pairing:A wine with an unforgettable presence. Excellent enjoyed on its own or served with dishes such as sautéed pork chops served with fennel or a wild-mushroom ragù served with pappardelle pasta and parmigiano cheese.

2022

  • James Suckling – 94 points

2021

  • Platters 4 ½ stars

2019

  • Winemag rating – 90 points
  • Tim Atkins SA report – 95 points

Food pairing: Excellent enjoyed on its own or served with dishes such as sautéed pork chops served with fennel or a wild-mushroom ragù served with pappardelle pasta and parmigiano cheese.

Alcohol: 14.5 by vol

Residual sugar: 3,3 g/l

Total acidity: 5.9 g/l

pH: 3,57

Extract: 35

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. Just eight barrels (2400 litres) have been made of the maiden 2011 vintage of the 50/50 blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The name MPHS reflects the initials of the four winemakers who have built the reputation of the farm. They are Manie Malan, whose father planted only red cultivars on Alto as early as the 1920s; Piet du Toit, who acquired the farm in 1959; his son, Hempies, the renowned Springbok rugby player, who took over in 1983; and Schalk himself, who joined Alto in 2000.

Dresses Size Chart

Dress Size Chart (Inch)
DRESSES
SIZE IN INCHES
SIZE US / CAN BUST WAIST HIPS
XS 0 31"-32" 24"-25" 34"-35"
S 2-4 33"-34" 26"-27" 36"-37"
M 6-8 35"-36" 28"-29" 38"-39"
L 10-12 37"-39" 30"-32" 40"-42"
XL 14 40"-42" 33"-35" 43"-45"
Dress Size Chart (cm)
DRESSES
SIZE IN CM
SIZE US / CAN BUST WAIST HIPS
XS 0 78.7-81.2 60.9-63.5 86.3-88.9
S 2-4 83.8-86.3 66-68.5 91.4-93.9
M 6-8 88.9-91.4 71.1-73.6 96.5-99
L 10-12 93.9-99 76.2-81.2 101.6-106.6
XL 14 101.6-106.6 81.2-88.9 109.2-114.3

Swimwear Size Chart

Dress Size Chart (Inch)
SWIMWEAR
SIZE IN INCHES
SIZE US / CAN BUST WAIST HIPS
XS 0 31"-32" 24"-25" 33"-34"
S 2 33"-34" 26"-27" 35"-37"
M 4 35"-36" 28"-29" 37"-38"
L 6 37"-39" 30"-32" 39"-41"
XL 8 40"-42" 33"-35" 42"-44"

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US EURO UK AUS JAPAN CHINA
5 35-36 3 3.5 21.5 35
5.5 36 3.5 4 22 35.5
6 36-37 4 4.5 22.5 36
6.5 37 4.5 5 23 36.5
7 37-38 5 5.5 23.5 37
7.5 38 5.5 6 24 37.5
8 38-39 6 6.5 24.5 38
8.5 39 6.5 7 25 38.5
9 39-40 7 7.5 25.5 39
9.5 40 7.5 8 26 39.5
10 40-41 8 8.5 26.5 40
11 41-42 9 9.5 27.5 41

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The pinnacle of the range is the Alto MPHS, a flagship release made in tribute to the estate’s previous winemakers, whose initials make up the name.

Produced only in exceptional vintages, this exclusive blend of noble cultivars encapsulates the thread of family, tradition and quality that has run through Alto for close on a century.