Red Wine

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Icon Albertus Viljoen Bismarck Blend

Red Wine
Blend

An opulent, beautifully robust wine, complex on the nose with layers of spice. Full-bodied yet elegant, it boasts great complexity, exhibiting deep, dark black fruit, ripe mulberries, blackberries, vanilla and a hint of white pepper. Firm but well-integrated tannins provide gorgeous structure, hinting at a longer maturation potential, with a long and beautifully lingering finish. This wine has the potential to mature for at least 8-10 years.

R1 800
6 x 750 ml
R300 per Bottle


The vintage depends on availability and cannot be selected during online purchases.
Cultivar, analysis and award information of all vintages is for informational purposes only.

Cultivars 2017

39% Shiraz
23% Pinotage
16% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Grenache
6% Petit Verdot
4% Durif
3% Viognier

Cultivars 2016

44% Shiraz
26% Cabernet Sauvignon
22% Pinotage
5% Grenache2% Viognier
1% Durif

Awards

ALBERTUS VILJOEN BISMARCK: 2019
Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition - Spain 2021: Great Gold
NWC & Top 100 2021: Top 100
NWC & Top 100 2021: Double Platinum
Shiraz SA Challenge 2021: Top 6 Shiraz Blends
Tim Atkins Tasting Report 2021: 92 Points
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2021: Great Gold
Veritas Awards 2021: Gold

ALBERTUS VILJOEN BISMARCK: 2018
Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition - Spain 2020: Great Gold
NWC & Top 100 2020: Double Silver
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2020: Great Gold
NWC & Top 100 2021: Top 100
NWC & Top 100 2021: Double Platinum
NWC & Top 100 2021: 3rd In Grand Cru National Champion
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2021: Great Gold
Veritas Awards 2021: Gold

ALBERTUS VILJOEN BISMARCK: 2017
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2019: Great Gold
Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition - Spain 2019: Gold
Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2019: Gold
NWC & Top 100 2019: 1st In Grand Cru National Champion
NWC & Top 100 2019: Top 100
NWC & Top 100 2019: Double Platinum
Shiraz SA Challenge 2019: Top 3 Shiraz Blends
Veritas Awards 2019: Double Gold
Platters Wine Awards Competition 2020: Highly Recommended
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2020: Gold
South African Wine Index 2020: Platinum Certificate Of Excellence
Platters Wine Awards Competition 2021: 4½ Stars

ALBERTUS VILJOEN BISMARCK: 2016
Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition - Spain 2018: Gold
NWC & Top 100 2018: Top 100
NWC & Top 100 2018: Double Platinum
NWC & Top 100 2018: 1st In Grand Cru National Champion
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2018: Gold
Veritas Awards 2019: Gold
NWC & Top 100 2019: Double Gold
South African Wine Index 2019: Platinum Certificate Of Excellence
Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition - Spain 2020: Gold

ALBERTUS VILJOEN BISMARCK: 2015
Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition - Spain 2018: Gold
NWC & Top 100 2018: Top 100
NWC & Top 100 2018: Double Platinum
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2018: Gold
Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2018: Gold
Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2018: 91 Points
Wine Of The Month Club 2018: First Place
Veritas Awards 2019: Gold
Platters Wine Awards Competition 2019: Wine Of The Year

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The vintage depends on availability and cannot be selected during online purchases.
Cultivar, analysis and award information of all vintages is for informational purposes only.
SKU CODE: 160016
  • ALCOHOL

    2016: 13,7%
    2017:
    13,5%
    2018
    : 13,6%
    2019:
    13,7%
    2020:
    13,4%

  • RESIDUAL SUGAR

    2016: 4,5 g/l
    2017:
    4,6 g/l
    2018:
    4,7 g/l
    2019:
    4,6 g/l
    2020:
    4,6 g/l

  • ACIDITY

    2016: 5,5 g/l
    2017:
    5,8 g/l
    2018:
    5,9 g/l
    2019:
    5,6 g/l
    2020:
    5,7 g/l

  • pH

    2016: 3,6
    2017:
    3,4
    2018:
    3,3
    2019:
    3,5
    2020:
    3,4

SERVING SUGGESTION

Serve with hearty oxtail, game pie or peri-peri chicken.

HERITAGE

In 1928, our family patriarch, Albertus Viljoen van der Merwe – “Alvi” to his friends – established a farm south of the town of Worcester, South Africa. Alvi’s son, Bertie, started wine production on the family farm and today the award-winning Alvi’s Drift wines are created by winemaker Alvi van der Merwe, Oupa Alvi’s grandson and namesake.

This wine takes its name from Bismarck, our farm’s beloved Great Dane and self-appointed custodian of the cellar. A friendly welcoming party to anyone visiting the farm, Bismarck commanded respect as the undisputed alpha male and leader of the pack. With this wine, we honour his legacy.

Our Albertus Viljoen Icon range showcases full-bodied, barrel-fermented wines of outstanding character and complexity.

ON THE VINES

With an ideal Mediterranean microclimate, an abundance of soils and water from the life-giving Breede River, the Alvi’s Drift winery vineyards are ideally positioned for producing remarkable South African wines of unique character and complexity.

Our vineyards are sustainably fertilised with natural compost produced on our farm. Come harvest time, our grapes are selectively hand harvested in the cool, early morning hours to ensure optimal quality and flavour.

IN THE CELLAR

In the Alvi’s Drift cellar, our winemaking team strongly focuses on achieving a fruit-driven expression of the grapes that go into our award-winning South African wines. Borrowing from ancient winemaking methods, all varieties in this blend were vinified and barrel-matured separately, with some varieties undergoing whole-bunch fermentation.

After arriving at the winery, most grape varieties were destemmed and cold soaked for 3-4 days, with a portion of juice drawn off to maximise skin contact and colour extraction during fermentation. This wine was matured in French and American oak barrels for 12 months, then blended before bottling.

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