Star bright and pale-straw coloured with flashes of lime green towards the meniscus, this wine offers inviting aromas of creamy lemon and vanilla with just a hint of toast. The palate is full, well-balanced and elegant, with a well-defined body and refreshing acidity. This wine has great aging potential and will benefit from two to five years of cellar maturation.
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.
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2021: Gold
Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2021: Double Gold
NWC & Top 100 2020: Double Gold
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2020: Gold
Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition - Spain 2021: Gold
NWC & Top 100 2019: Double Gold
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2019: Gold
Platters Wine Awards Competition 2020: Good Value
Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition - Spain 2020: Gold
South African Wine Index 2020: Platinum Certificate Of Excellence
Platters Wine Awards Competition 2021: 4½ Stars
NWC & Top 100 2018: Double Gold
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2018: Gold
Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2018: Gold
Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition - Spain 2019: Gold
International Wine & Spirits Awards - Spain 2017: Gold
NWC & Top 100 2017: Top 100
NWC & Top 100 2017: Double Platinum
Platters Wine Awards Competition 2018: 92 Points
Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition - Spain 2018: Gold
Due to legal restrictions, purchase quantity is limited to 180 bottles (30 cases) per customer.
Please click here to request the purchasing of larger quantities.
2019: 4,4 g/l
2020: 4,6 g/l
2019: 6,7 g/l
2020: 6,5 g/l
The wine labels on bottles from our Reserve range feature an illustration of Alvi’s Drift, the low-water bridge over the Breede River cutting through the family farm. Our patriarch, Albertus Viljoen “Oupa Alvi” van der Merwe, was instrumental in having this bridge built back in 1930.
Oupa Alvi’s son Bertie started wine production on the family farm and today Bertie’s son, Alvi’s Drift winemaker Alvi van der Merwe produces the winery’s award-winning South African wines, enjoyed by wine lovers around the globe.
Our Alvi’s Drift Reserve range is the culmination of our pursuit of excellence in producing outstanding wines of unrivalled complexity.
With an ideal Mediterranean microclimate, an abundance of soil diversity and water from the life-giving Breede River, the Alvi’s Drift vineyards are ideally positioned for producing remarkable South African wines of unique character and complexity.
Our Reserve range showcases the best of our harvest; a fusion of our trademark fresh, primary-fruit style – with just a hint of the luscious and opulent barrel-fermented style of our Albertus Viljoen Icon range.
Optimally ripe grapes, hand-picked in the cool early morning hours are whole-bunch pressed, after which wild yeast fermentation commences in tank. A portion of the juice completes fermentation in tank, while the balance completes fermentation in oak barrels.
This wine’s trademark, optimally ripe fresh fruit characters are showcased by the tank fermentation process, while barrel fermentation lends beautiful complexity. This wine will improve with cellar maturation of two to five years.
"As a die-hard Chardonnay fan, I have spent an inordinate amount of money (no regrets whatsoever) on this varietal. So I was somewhat sceptical when I saw how reasonably priced this wine is, especially being part of a reserve collection.I was pleasantly surprised at my first sip, but after allowing the wine to breathe a bit in the glass, I was smitten! The wine is elegant, not overly wooded, not overly buttery, just the perfect blend of fruit and sophisticated oak. I’ve even introduced my son, an avid red wine drinker, and he responded with similar surprise (the good kind)!I’m also delighted to be supporting a family business and hope to continue stocking up on this beautiful wine for as long as my pocket (and lifespan) last."
- Lindi -