Alto releases second vintage of Flagship MPHS blend

The Golden Triangle is home to some great wineries, but wine lovers simply can’t go past Alto, situated in the Stellenbosch wine region. This popular grapegrowing region is known for its high quality wines including Alto’s MPHS.


Only four winemakers in nearly a century have produced wines at the iconic Alto Wine Estate. The Alto MPHS 2007 was created by Schalk van der Westhuizen to mark his first decade as winemaker at Alto and to pay homage to his winemaking predecessors on the farm. The MPHS is an acronym for the names of Manie Malan, whose father planted only red varietals on Alto as early as the 1920s, Piet du Toit, who acquired the farm in 1959, his son, Hempies du Toit who took over in 1983 and Schalk himself.

Schalk van der Westhuizen

Schalk van der Westhuizen

This flagship wine is produced from the best fruit and only released in exceptional years, after extended ageing. 2011 must have been a good year for Alto then with the release of the 2nd vintage of the MPHS, a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc.

Just eight barrels (2 400 litres) of this exquisite red blend were made. The vines were between 15 and 18 years old at the time of harvesting and are situated between 400 and 500 metres above sea level. The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards face northwest and the Cabernet Franc vineyards, west. Both are located on slopes cooled by afternoon sea breezes.


“Alto’s sound reputation for producing world-class red wines can be ascribed, in part, to its excellent terroir,” explains Schalk. “It is no coincidence that the area is known, locally, as the Golden Triangle.

Schalk says the MPHS 2011 is not only excellent on its own, but also partners perfectly with lamb, steak and venison dishes, as well as casseroles, charcuterie and even mature cheeses.

Alto also bid farewell to Schalk this year, as he hands over the reins of the vineyards and cellar, to his son Bertho. The 35 year old winemaker is very proud to take over from his father and is determined to keep Alto’s great legacy alive.

The Alto’s MPHS 2011 is available at the cellar door for R850.