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.
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.
Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2021: Best Value
Gold Wine Awards 2021: Gold
Gold Wine Awards 2020: Top 10 Producer
Vitis Vinifera Awards 2019: Top 10 Producer
Vitis Vinifera Awards 2019: Gold
Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2018: Smart Buy
Gold Wine Awards 2017: Gold
Due to legal restrictions, purchase quantity is limited to 180 bottles (30 cases) per customer.
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2019: 4,6 g/l
2020: 4,4 g/l
2019: 5,7 g/l
2020: 5,5 g/l
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!”.
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 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.