What is CVC wine?

Alvi’s Drift wine maker, Linley Schultz, explains what is CVC wine

When blending wines, percentages need not to be indicated but the varieties must appear in descending order according to volume. The white blends in South Africa currently offer some of the most exciting wines to be found in the country.

Alvi’s Drift CVC is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay.

Chenin Blanc, because it is one of the specialities of Alvi’s Drift. The primary fruit characters are predominately stone fruit, nectarines and peaches. Viognier adds more stone fruits to the blend, but more in line with apricots and peaches. The Chardonnay tends to add more yellow melon characters to the blend.

All are processed and fermented separately in small French oak barrels.  The components are aged on the primary fermentation lees giving the wine added complexity, length and mouth feel.

All the grapes come from the farm and are selectively hand harvested prior to whole bunch pressing. The components of the wine were matured individually and were blended prior to bottling.

The CVC has a lovely pale lemon/straw color. The nose showed lifted peach and apricot characters. The palate is a lovely blend of roasted nuts with a hint of butterscotch and ripe melons. The palate is balanced to perfection with oak, fruit, and acidity all adding to the wines length and fullness. This will compliment Asian dishes, seafood and soft cheeses.


In this video Linley and Alvi chats about the CVC (we apologies for the poor audio quality).

Our CVC pairs well with salmon and this recipe could be nice to pair the two. http://www.picknpay.co.za/recipe-search-results/sticky-asian-salmon

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