January 26 2019 will forever be etched in my heart as the night I got to watch James Morrison live. I have always been a huge fan of his, his music has gotten me through some break ups and I have even performed his songs for talent competitions. This day will also be etched in my memory for being the day that I visited one of my new found favourite quaint wine estates. On arrival I was taken away by how picturesque, relaxed, very lush and green it was and I could just tell we were in for a treat.
Wine tasting options
Full disclosure I only knew Alto for their Rouge and was pleasantly surprised to find out they had quite the variety. The tasting options are as follows:
Standard tasting (5 wines) -R50
Standard tasting (including signature blend) – R65
Standard tasting (including M.P.H.S)- R75
Premium Tasting (All 7 wines, subject to availability)-90
They also have lovely accompaniments for those that want to do some wine pairing:
Biltong & Wine pairing ( 5 wines and 5 biltong flavours)-R140 per person
Cheese platter (includes 3 cheeses, biltong, fresh fruit and a preserve)-R140
Since I wanted to taste all the wines they had on offer we went with the Premium tasting and a cheese platter that is enough for two. Unfortunately there was load shedding so we couldn’t get the bread but instead we got a bottomless supply of breadstick and biltong.
Premium tasting experience
I found the staff well trained, hospitable and well versed in their wine. They also looked like they came off of a high fashion catalogue. I was really impressed with their service. Some of the wines that stood out for me:
Rouge-this was the first to be made in 1948 we had the 2016 vintage its matured for 18 months , it’s an entry level drinking wine. We were informed that its known as a braai wine and as such it was recommended we pair it with the biltong.
Cabernet Sauvignon-Also matured for 18 months in French oak. The 2014 vintage won quite a few awards including Veritas gold SA young wine. It was Hanoe, one of our waiters personal favourite what I enjoyed was that there was no dry aftertaste.
M.P.H.S– This blend is a nod to the previous four winemakers, I quite enjoyed it and it was light on the palate.
The cheese platter was worth writing home about, the cheese was delicious it almost stole the show. The preserve as well, we were informed the biltong is matured in Alto wine. Honestly the people at Alto leave nothing to chance and every last detail is taken into consideration. If You are in town between now and end of March do pop in on a Friday evening and join them for their sunset-Rouge evenings. There is live entertainment but be sure to book in advance.
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