Cape of Good Hope is the name that Anthonij Rupert Wines gives its range of “terroir specific” wines (from remarkable, sometimes old vineyards scattered around the country) and the Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013 comes highly decorated, having finished among the winners in FNB Sauvignon Blanc Awards Top 10 in 2013 and then awarded a gold medal at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Shown in 2014.
Wine of Origin Elandskloof, it’s crazy-assed stuff with an analysis as follows: Abv 13.32%, RS 5.1g/l, TA 6.5g/l and pH 3.07.
The nose currently shows apple, green melon and granadilla. The palate has sweet, luscious fruit with a little pyrazine bite on the finish. It’s rich and thick textured but just when you’re inclined to think it’s all too much the acidity kicks in. Not easy to drink but intriguing – I think wine competition judges sometimes fall not for the most obvious but rather the least obvious. Approximate retail price: R105 a bottle.