Altima is situated in Elandskloof, an isolated valley north of Villiersdorp which is 5km wide and is surrounded by a steep mountain range that rises 1km from the valley floor.
The vineyards are planted at altitudes starting at 600m above sea level with the highest vineyard planted at 878m above sealevel, occasionally in winter these vineyards are also covered in snow! The climate is continental due to the huge difference in temperature between day and night. This type of climate is ideal for grape vine development for the following reasons:
· Excellent development of acid and aromas as a result of the slow ripening period and the absence of heat waves during January and February.
· High acid and low pH of grapes that contribute to the ageing potential of the wine.
· The cooler weather during the ripening period also ensures a longer and slower ripening of the grape which results in increased quality.
A gentle, nuanced nose of fig leaf and granadilla with a light brush of citrus, grass and flint. The palate is rounded, expressive and gentle rather than typically tangy and acidic. There’s freshness and succulence in abundance but it’s soft and textured with lime leaf, lemon zest and white pepper.