The Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013, from the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio, was selected as one of the Top 100 Wines in South Africa, held at a gala event on 10 April. Top 100 SA Wines is recognised as one of the leading fine wine competitions in South Africa and abroad, attracting significant Google ratings. The competition has proved to be extremely useful for winning vineyards, helping them to secure a larger and growing share of sales and brand awareness, both locally and internationally.
The competition once again saw record entries this year with 491 of the country’s top wines entered. The wines were judged by an esteem panel, chaired by Tim Atkin MW. He was joined on the judging panel by Greg Sherwood MW, Jamie Goode, Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright CWM, Justin Knock MW, Richard Kershaw MW and tasting director Higgo Jacobs. The Altima Sauvignon Blanc was one of six white wines in its category awarded the prestigious title.
Already an award-winning wine, having earned a spot as one of the Top 10 wines in the 2013 FNB Sauvignon Top 10 Wines Competition, it 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.
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 mouth feel, 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.
For more information visit www.rupertwines.com or contact the farm on 021 874 9041.