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Alto M.P.H.S 2007 – 2012

The 2012 vintage of the flagship red blend from Stellenbosch property Alto has just been released, and to mark the occasion, a tasting of...

Alto Shiraz 2013

What’s striking about the Shiraz 2013 from Alto in Stellenbosch is just how South African it is; not Rhône or Swartland aping Rhône but...

Tim James: Could great old names be rescued?

An almost inevitable topic came up for discussion among those attending the recent grand match between some old Cape stars and their international equivalents:...

Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: Winemaking that’s not about the money

When this platform was still in print, I embarked on a series called ‘Legends’. The aim was to profile the trailblazers and innovators who...

Alto Shiraz 2012

Cape Legends is the premium wine division of Distell and when it comes to sheer wine quality, I’m on record as saying that the...

Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

It’s hard not to view Stellenbosch cellar Alto as a victim of its own success. Take the red blend known as Rouge. Just under...

Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 1971

Before the start of judging for this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the traditional tasting of old South African wines  – whites at...

Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

After rating Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 86/100, a somewhat mediocre score for a bottle of wine costing R149, I wondered if I wasn’t guilty...