Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc
A range created in recognition of the Cape of Good Hope’s vinous heritage which stretches back more than 350 years to when the first Governor planted grapes. This project was initiated by Johann Rupert to find all of the vineyards in South Africa older which are older than 40 years.
The objective of this project is to encourage farmers to protect these vineyards, or pieces of history, by offering a price for the grapes that is more attractive than selling them off to a co-operative, where they will be blended away with a bulk of other grapes. The ‘Cape of Good Hope’ project strives to vinify these old blocks separately and attempts to express the terroir of these vineyards through the wine.
Altima is situated in an isolated valley north of Villiersdorp and is surrounded by a steep mountain range that rises a kilometer from the valley floor. During the winter months these mountains are typically covered with snow, coupled with the elevation of 600 to 700m, this 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 gooseberry, citrus and freshly cut grass.