The Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013, from the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio, has been awarded a Gold Medal at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. This was announced at a gala event held at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town last week.
This latest award follows on the heels of its recent accolade at the 2014 Top 100 SA Wines Competition, where it was selected as one of the Top 100 Wines in South Africa. In 2013 it also earned a spot as one of the Top 10 wines in the FNB Sauvignon Top 10 Wines Competition.
The Altima forms part of a range which comprises terroir-specific wines created in recognition of South Africa’s 350-year-old vinous heritage. 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.
The wine is best described 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 mouth feel, allowing the wine to finish on a light, dry flinty note.
It is available from the farm at only R95.00 per bottle. The Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013 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