The Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013 has been acknowledged by wine industry role players as one of the Top 10 wines in the annual FNB Sauvignon Top 10 Wines, as announced at a special awards ceremony held at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on Friday, 27 September.
Held under the auspices of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group of South Africa (SBIG) with sponsorship provided by FNB, this year attracted a record number of 207 entries (compared to 195 in 2012). The competition was started in 2007 to promote innovation and excellence in the category, and reward those endeavouring to make wines of true distinction.
The Cape of Good Hope range comprises terroir-specific wines created in recognition of South Africa’s 350-year-old vinous heritage. The first vintage was launched in 2011, the result of the Old Vines Initiative. This initiative was launched seven years ago by Johann Rupert who took on the wine mantle of the Rupert family following the untimely death of his brother, and renowned winemaker Anthonij, in 2001.
The Altima vineyard is situated in a pristine valley north of Villiersdorp and is surrounded by a steep mountain range that rises 1km from the valley floor. During the winter months these mountains are typically covered with snow and, coupled with the elevation of 600 to700m, equates to a very cool climate. This unique terroir produces wines with a high natural acidity and upfront aromas. The vineyards produce an intense Sauvignon Blanc with a fresh expression of passion fruit, citrus and tropical flavours.
Winemaker Dawie Botha describes this wine as displaying appealing tropical fig and pear aromas with granadilla and lemon zest, adding brightness and vivacity, with exquisite ripe tropical flavours in the mouth. The fig, gooseberry, granadilla and lemon zest come though beautifully. A vibrant and lively wine with well integrated acidity. The palate is textured and round with good mouthfeel, allowing the wine to finish on a light, dry flinty note.
Available from the farm only, the Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013 at R95.00 per bottle, is the perfect wine to enjoy, on its own or partnered with foods such as Scallop ceviche and an avocado and tomato dressing, Sushi, sticky pork ribs with lime, chilli and ginger, baked Chevre with salad greens or succulent sautéed prawns served with grilled lemon and a toasted sesame seed dressing. Read more here.