Alto’s ‘65 and ‘70 Cabernets are some of the finest SA reds we have ever tasted. A recent 12-vintage vertical tasting of Alto Cabernets reaffirmed the standing of this terroir. We were so impressed with the freshness and structure of the Alto magnums that we secured a parcel of the best vintages.
Alto is poised to reposition itself in the fine wine sphere and we feel that these wines are severely under-priced. You should get some while you can.
Dedicated to vineyard planting and wine production since 1919, Alto has established a time-tested reputation for age-worthy, investable wines. Replanting virus-infected vineyards and a renewed drive on Distell’s behalf to redefine its fine wine portfolio has helped get Alto back into the fine wine market.
All 4 wines are drinking beautifully now, but they will continue to age well for many years to come. Showing their unique Helderberg character and freshness, they could easily hold their own in a line-up of world-class Cabernets. Read our tasting notes and ratings below.
* Stock is limited and the wines are set to move quickly.
Alto, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Fresh and juicy promise on the nose leads to cassis and earthy, savoury notes. Herbal lift adds freshness but pure, lacy, deep and alluring. Beautiful and gravelly to the end. – Wine Cellar, 93.6/100 (Tasted Dec 2018)
Alto, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Magnum
Again, gravelly and earthy with a touch more depth on the magnum. Dense, powerful and rich. The layered palate ends dry and focused. – Wine Cellar, 94.4/100 (Tasted Dec 2018)
Alto, Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Magnum
Dense Cabernet. Quite classic. Chocolate. Elegant and soft, yet rich and opulent. Already mature. Fine wine. – Wine Cellar, 92.2/100 (Tasted Dec 2018)
Alto, Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Magnum
Blue fruit, very ripe and broad. Higher alcohol. Richer and riper style. – Wine Cellar, 91/100 (Tasted Dec 2018)