Former Springbok forward Gerhard (Hempies) du Toit was the winemaker at ALTO Estate before forming his own operation in 1996 and planting 75ha. He left Alto in early 2000 to concentrate full time on Annandale. As well as his Cabernet Sauvignon he also crafts a small amount of a pricey Shiraz, a Bordeaux blend, Cavalier as well as a Port style, CVP which is produced from Shiraz. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cavalier are notable for being aged for 36 months in oak before further bottle ageing prior to release on to the market. The Cabernet is impressively dense and cedary, however perhaps a shorter period in oak would benefit the wine and give it a more lifted fresh darkberry fruit character. Give the Cabernet a couple of years’ cellaring after release. (DM)
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