Cape of Good Hope

Serruria Chardonnay

Altima is situated in Elandskloof, an isolated valley north of Villiersdorp which is 5km wide and is surrounded by a steep mountain range that rises 1km from the valley floor. The steep topography causes the valley to receive less direct sunlight due to the overshadowing mountains, which together with the elevation of 600 to 800m this equates to a very cool continental climate for the valley. Quartz sandstone which belongs to the Table Mountain Sandstone group appears against the higher- lying mountains. Good decomposed shale soils from the Malmesbury group are the main groups of soil that occur throughout the farm. The dark brown top soils with a yellow-brown sandstone subsoil have a high water-retaining capacity, are high in organic matter and usually have no chemical limitation , the latter which leads to vigorous growth. This unique site produces fruit with a high natural acidity and low pH levels which contribute to the ageing potential of the wine. The slow ripening period and the absence of heat waves during January and February produce grapes with upfront aromas that are harvested much later than other sites in the Western Cape.

Two separate vineyards were hand-picked into small lug-boxes at optimal ripeness in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. The fruit was whole-bunch pressed before overnight settling in stainless steel tanks 80% of the wine was fermented and matured for 8 months in 300e French oak barrels - 40% new, 31% 2nd and 9% 3rd fill. The remaining 20% was unoaked. No malolactic fermentation occurred, and the wine was blended and bottled at the end of November 2017.

  • 95 Points - Tim Atkin
  • 4.5 Stars - Platter's
Tasting Notes

Serruria Chardonnay

Altima is situated in Elandskloof, an isolated valley north of Villiersdorp, which is 5km wide and is surrounded by a steep mountain range that rises 1km from the valley floor. The steep topography causes the valley to receive less direct sunlight due to the overshadowing mountains, which together with the elevation of 600 to 900m equates to a very cool climate for the valley. This unique terroir produces wines with a high natural acidity and upfront aromas. In general, these grapes are harvested much later than other sites in the Western Cape.

Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. The fruit was whole-bunch pressed before overnight settling in stainless steel tank. Fermentation occurred in 300E French oak barrels - 32% new, 23% 2nd-and 14% 3rd fill. The remaining 31% was unoaked. The wine spent 8 months on the lees without malolactic fermentation before being blended and bottled early in December.

Tasting Notes

Serruria Chardonnay

Altima is situated in Elandskloof, an isolated valley north of Villiersdorp which is 5km wide and is surrounded by a steep mountain range that rises 1km from the valley floor. The steep topography causes the valley to receive less direct sunlight due to the overshadowing mountains, which together with the elevation of 600 to 900m equates to a very cool climate for the valley. This unique terroir produces wines with a high natural acidity and upfront aromas. Grapes are harvested much later than other sites in the Western Cape, with harvest usually starting in late February/early March.

Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. The fruit was whole-bunch pressed before overnight settling in stainless steel tank. Fermentation by cultured yeast was started in tank before being transferred to 300e French oak barrels for completion - 18% new, 26% 2nd fill, 7% 3rd fill and 19% 4th fill. The remaining 30% was unoaked. The wine spent 7 months on the lees without malolactic fermentation before being blended and bottled early in November.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Subtle whiffs of orange blossom, lime zest, vanilla cream and a light biscuit note are apparent on both the nose and the palate. Flavours of rich, ripe orange cream are balanced by the zingy freshness of bright acidity and citrus zest notes while providing a supportive platform for the fruit flavours to dance elegantly and effortlessly upon, the creamy, nutty oak which is superbly integrated. A refined, balanced and poised wine which drinks well now but will reward patience in cellaring.

Vintage Notes

Although the drought conditions persisted, ideal weather conditions throughout the growing season and harvest resulted in healthy fruit and small berries with great flavours and exceptional acids.

Average Temperature

15.5 °C

Rainfall

550mm

Harvesting

20/02/2017 - 24/02/2017

Origin of Fruit

Elandskloof - Overberg

Soil Type

Tukulu, Decomposed shale

Yield

6.46 ton/ha

Tasting Notes

Inviting aromas of grapefruit, citrus and orange blossoms, tinged with honey and toast. The palate is rich, rounded and yet vibrantly alive with bright citrus flavours and oodles of orange blossom honey. Complex, elegant and statuesque with lovely restraint apparent in the supportive platform of oak. Creamy yet light and lively, the wine has a long aftertaste but a defined finish and good acidity.

Vintage Notes

Warmer, drier conditions than usual between March and November with below average rainfall. Acid levels were slightly lower due to the warmer conditions. The vineyards again delivered fruit of exceptional purity and flavour.

Average Temperature

15.5°C

Rainfall

540.6mm

Harvesting

29/02/2016 - 29/02/2016

Origin of Fruit

Elandskloof - Overberg

Soil Type

Predominantly decomposed shale (Greywacke) and quartz sandstone

Yield

8 ton/ha

Tasting Notes

Shy orange blossom bouquet with a whiff of spice too. Fresh, lively and zippy in the mouth with ample orange and citrus flavour cloaked with creamy vanilla oak. The flavours grow like a peacock fantail, starting off quite reserved and then revealing more depth and richness. Lovely harmonious integration of oak and fruit. Long and yet light and bright.

Vintage Notes

The 2015 season will go down as one of the earliest and best vintages in decades. Typical conditions between March and November with average rainfall. A cold winter period with the usual snow covered mountain tops. Much lower rainfall from November through to March caused the vines to stop vegetative growth at the end of December. A warm January and cool February resulted in early, but even ripening and development. The vines produced fruit of exceptional quality, balance and flavour.

Average Temperature

15.75°C

Rainfall

706mm

Harvesting

19/02/2015 - 19/02/2015

Origin of Fruit

Elandskloof - Overberg

Soil Type

Predominantly decomposed Bokkeveld shale (Greywacke) and quartz sandstone

Yield

8 ton/ha

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