Red Wine

Signature Merlot

Signature Range

Signature Merlot

Red Wine
100% Merlot

An excellent, ripe example of this popular Bordeaux variety, this wine is a masterful balancing act of fruit, oak and tannin, with intense aromas of delicious black cherries, plums, and just a hint of chocolate and mixed spice. The palate is broad and deep with firm, velvety, well-integrated tannins backed by ripe fruit following through to linger on the palate.

R450 R390
6 x 750 ml
R65 per Bottle


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Cultivar, analysis and award information of all vintages is for informational purposes only.

Awards

MERLOT: 2020
Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2021: Best Value
Gold Wine Awards 2021: Gold

MERLOT: 2019
Gold Wine Awards 2020: Top 10 Producer

MERLOT: 2018
Vitis Vinifera Awards 2019: Top 10 Producer
Vitis Vinifera Awards 2019: Gold

MERLOT: 2017
Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2018: Smart Buy

MERLOT: 2016
Gold Wine Awards 2017: Gold

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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: 150465
  • ALCOHOL

    2019: 13,0%
    2020:
    13,0%

  • RESIDUAL SUGAR

    2019: 4,6 g/l
    2020:
    4,4 g/l

  • ACIDITY

    2019: 5,7 g/l
    2020:
    5,5 g/l

  • pH

    2019: 3,4
    2020:
    3,6

SERVING SUGGESTION

Ideal for enjoying with a braai, this classic Bordeaux variety will complement a range of meat and pasta dishes, including duck. It is ready to be enjoyed immediately, but will benefit from two to three years of cellar maturation.

HERITAGE

Alvi's Drift winery takes its name from the low-water bridge over the Breede River which cuts through the family farm. 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.

The wines in our Signature range are true to our winery’s trademark, fruit-driven style. These outstanding wines offer wine lovers exceptional value – in the words of Alvi’s Drift winemaker, Alvi van der Merwe, “think ‘great’, for the price of good!”.

ON THE VINES

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 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 preserving the fruit-driven expression of the grapes that go into our award-winning South African wines.

Once delivered to our cellar, hand-harvested Merlot grapes are crushed into roto-fermenters, then transferred to fermentation tanks and left to ferment for approximately 7 days. The juice is drawn off on skins to enhance the wine’s colour and flavour intensity, after which the wine is selectively matured in French oak for up to 8 months prior to bottling.

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