Cape of Good Hope

Pinot Noir

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 climate for the valley. This unique terroir produces wines with high natural acidity and upfront aromas. Grapes are harvested much later than other sites in the Western Cape, with harvest usually starting early in March. This vineyard produces an intense Pinot noir character with rich red fruit and a very fine and layered structure.

This vineyard was picked in 2 stages, the bottom part of the vineyard separate to the top part. The reason is a slight difference in ripening and different clones, each contributing to a range of flavours and structure. Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks.

All the fruit was de-stemmed and then fermented in old wooden tanks and small 1ton open-top stainless steel tanks. These grapes were worked very gently during fermentation and after fermentation, the wine was aged in old 225L French oak barrels for 10 months before being bottled. Bottle aged for 2 years.

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Tasting Notes

Pinot Noir

Altima is situated in the Elandskloof, an isolated valley north of Villiersdorp. The valley 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 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 the harvest usually starting early in March. This vineyard produces an intense Pinot noir character with rich red fruit and a very fine and layered structure.

This vineyard was picked in 2 stages, the bottom part of the vineyard separate to the top part. The reason is a slight difference in ripening and different clones , each contributing to a range of flavours and structure . Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. All the fruit was de-stemmed and then fermented in old wooden tanks and small lton open top stainless steel tanks. These grapes were worked very gently during fermentation and after fermentation the wine was aged in old 2251 French oak barrels for 10 months before being bottled. Bottle-aged for 2 years.

Tasting Notes

Pinot Noir

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 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 early in March. This vineyard produce an intense Pinot noir character with rich red fruit and a very fine and layered structure.

This vineyard were picked in 2 stages, the bottom part of the vineyard separate to the top part. The reason is slight difference in ripening and different clones ,each contributing to a range of flavours and structure . Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. All the fruit was de-stemmed and then fermented in old wooden tanks and small lton open top Stainless steel tanks. These grapes were worked very gently during fermentation and after fermentation the wine were aged in old 225L French oak barrels for 10 months before bottled. Bottle aged for 2 years.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Delicate hints of rose petal with red berries being most prominent. Light brush of vanilla and sandalwood. The palate offers up bright red cherries and strawberries. Deliciously alluring with deeper, spice nuance. Elegant, refined and poised with a solid core of fruit ably supported by integrated, seamless barrel maturation. Creamy oak richness which lingers long. A wine which changes in the glass but always holds your interest.

Average Temperature

15.5°C

Rainfall

540.6mm

Harvesting

01/03/2016 - 04/03/2016

Origin of Fruit

Elandskloof - Overberg

Soil Type

Tukulu. Decomposed shale (grouwrakkc)

Yield

6ton/ha

Tasting Notes

Shy notes of forest floor, autumn leaves and mushroom with red berry fruit whiffs and some spice. The palate is deceptively light-bodied and soft on entry — with reticent bright red berry flavours. Then the wine reveals its firm core of dark, nuanced brambles and blackcurrant with smoky oak flavours. Pronounced but gentle grip of tannin from oak which is well integrated. Ephemeral, elegant and lithe with a long, refined tail.

Average Temperature

15.1°C

Rainfall

706.5mm

Harvesting

04/03/2015 - 06/03/2015

Origin of Fruit

Elandskloof - Overberg

Soil Type

Tukulu. Decomposed shale (greywacke)

Yield

6ton/ha

Tasting Notes

Expressive blueberry, raspberry and cherry fruit with distinctive spice whiffs. Lively and lightly perky in the mouth with bright red and blue berry fruits initially — and then a deeper, darker spice and black fruit nuance reveals itself. Alluring and serious with good density and concentration. Fine oak tannin matches the fruit and is almost unobtrusive. Rich, tensile and pliable with a lingering aftertaste.

Average Temperature

15.83°C

Rainfall

1054mm

Harvesting

19 March 2014 - 21 March 2014

Origin of Fruit

Elandskloof - Overberg

Soil Type

Tukulu. Decomposed shale (grouwrakke)

Yield

4ton/ha

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