14 Oct Introducing our new Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
It is amazing how, in the world of wine, one comes to realize more and more that even if some water separates us, wine almost certainly always unites us.
This was the case when a series of chance encounters and visits with friends over the past few years led to a global collaboration which resulted in this, our exciting new take on a wine steeped in history and tradition.
The noble Sauvignon blanc has been re-interpreted many times in the recent past which saw it rise in a stellar climb to become one of the most popular wines in the new world… Despite the dizzying success of the flashy new interpretation of Sauvignon blanc, there is much that has yet to be said, or perhaps rather much to be remembered about the princely heritage, rich history and humble origin of this noble white grape that can so uniquely and subtly communicate the story of its home.
Inspired in no small part by our visits to friends in Sancerre and Bordeaux who kindly shared their passion and experience, we are excited to reveal our Reserve Sauvignon blanc, a wine that honors the heritage and wisdom of the past while embracing innovation of the present.
Picked from vines growing in our ancient limestone soils of the old river banks, our cooler South facing slopes of the hills and the well-drained sandy loam soils of the plains, this wine uniquely expresses our vision of marrying heritage and innovation in the unique language of Alvi’s Drift.
Our traditional philosophy of hand harvesting in the early morning hours, to ensure the grapes arrive cool and fresh at the winery, remains. We only pick bunches that have reached complete phenolic ripeness. These are de-stemmed and partially crushed before starting the journey in the cellar. Cultured wild yeasts are introduced for the fermentation which is completed in the new French barrels. Further maturation in barrel takes place for at least 6 months.
The Semillon grapes are vinified the same way and separately fermented and matured in barrel.
Finally, the barrels are tasted and only the best will be selected for the final blend which becomes the Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.
The final wine showcases the very best of Sauvignon blanc from our vineyards with 10% Semillon adding complexity and a beautiful roundness to the palate. The wine has a beautiful complexity on the nose with hints of elder flowers, white peach, lemon, and lime along with cut grass.
The palate is well rounded, almost creamy, with silky soft tannins, backed by the fruit that follows through from the nose and is perfectly complimented be crisp acidity. The fruit flavors linger with a refreshing clean lime finish.
Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar is the coming together of generations of winemaking heritage and the uncompromising pursuit of a life-long dream.
A vision to produce wines from our family farm that stand proudly shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best in the world.
A philosophy of honoring thousands of years of wine culture without bowing to it in the pursuit of innovation, excellence, quality and flavor.
Alvi’s Drift is the name of the low-water bridge across the Breede River which links the two sides of the family farm. Inspired by our founder, the first Albertus Viljoen “Alvi” Van Der Merwe on the farm, the bridge was built in 1928 and is still in common use today, affectionally known by the local community as “Alvi’s Drift”.
Alvi’s Drift now gives its name to the family owned Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar and the outstanding range of award-winning wines produced there.