Wines from South Africa


Tygerberg Wines

Established in 1698, Altydgedacht Estate is a family farm where long standing traditions and modern methods blend to create wines of quality and character. Altydgedacht is one of the historic farms established on the fertile slopes of the Tygerberg and has been in the Parker family since 1852.

Altydgedacht is a 412 hectare estate where brothers John and Oliver and their teams utilize the Durbanville microclimate to its fullest to produce wines with distinctive varietal expression. Situated in the hills of the Tygerberg valley, the varying aspects of the slopes allow individual grape cultivars to be sited on slopes according to their heat preference. The average rainfall is 550 mm per annum. The deep red Hutton and Clovelly soils have sufficient moisture retention to carry the vines through the dry summer months. The vines are therefore not irrigated. A policy of low cropping is practiced with yields not exceeding more than 10 tons/ha.


Today 130 tons of grapes are picked annually with only a selected portion being used to make wine on the estate. Altydgedacht is situated only 15 km away from the Altlantic ocean and falls into one of the coolest wine-growing regions of South Africa. The prevailing winds blow from the sea ensuring a moderate climate, while the late summer mists contribute a cooling effect. This cooling effect means that the ripening period of the grape is lengthened and has the excellent potential for quality wine. Oak is used with care to complement the fruit flavors to produce subtle, complex and distinctive wines.

The white cultivars produced are Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Hanepoot, Sauvignon Blanc, Weisser Reisling, S.A. Riesling and Viognier.

The red cultivars are Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Merlot, Shiraz and Pinotage. Viognier and Cabernet Franc are the most recent cultivars to be introduced.
 
 
Tygerberg Sauvignon Blanc
 

The wine has a pale straw-color. Due to differential picking, the grapes impart a whole spectrum of flavors to the wine, ranging from bell pepper, green figs, grapefruit to grass. Fresh and lively on the palate where the fruit is replicated and the wine finishes with a nice acidic grip.

Serve chilled as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to salads, fish, shellfish and light white meat dishes.

The wine is ready to be enjoyed while young and fresh but will develop complexity with a year or two in the bottle.

UPC #: 6006856000083
 
Awards & Ratings:
* Veritas Silver
* For two years was rated the Best Value Sauvignon Blanc on show  - Twin Cities Food & Wine Show
 
 
Tygerberg The Ollo
 

The grapes were hand-harvested to create this luscious blend of 37% Viognier, 19% Chardonnay, 15% Chenin Blanc and 19% Semillon.

The nose is dominated by peach, apricot, and fresh herb aromas with a touch of toasted oak derived from barrel-aging. The entry on the palate is rich, with the palate being similarly perfumed and rounded off with touches of spice and toasty oak.

An ideal companion for creamy soups, pastas and rich white meat dishes.

The wine is ready to be enjoyed now, but will develop complexity in the bottle over the next 2-3 years.

UPC #: 6006856000175
 
Awards & Ratings:
* Michelangelo Silver 2009
* Veritas Silver 2009
* John Platter Guide 4 stars
 
 
Tygerberg Chatelaine
 


The wine shows expansive notes of lychee, almond and spice. These characteristics are replicated on the palate which has a crisp, off-dry finish.

The wine pairs well with a cheese platter and spicy Asian dishes.

The wine is ready to be enjoyed now, but will develop complexity over the next 2-3 years.

UPC #: 6006856000045
 

  
Tygerberg Pinotage
 

Hand harvested grapes. A full-bodied dry wine from 100% Pinotage grapes.

Gentle wood influence, combined with vibrant flavors of plum and dark cherries, compliment the soft ripe tannins, adding to the depth and length of the wine. 100% French oak barrels were used.

An ideal companion to red meats and cheese dishes.

The wine is ready to be enjoyed now, but will develop complexity in the bottle over the next 5-7 years.

UPC #: 6006856000052
 
 
Note on awards:
  • Michelangelo uses the 100 point scoring system, and for a wine to receive a silver medal, it must have an average score of between 86 - 92.
  • Veritas uses the 20 point scoring system, and for a wine to receive a silver medal, it must have an average score of 16/20.
  • John Platter 4 star is "excellent"