The grapes are all from our own farm. It was harvested selectively, in the early morning, by hand at a balling of 24°.
In The Cellar
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the free-run juice was fermented in the barrels with T306, CY3079 and Wild yeast. It was left on the fermentation lees to mature in the barrels for 11 months. Mostly 300 ltr French Oak barrels were used of which 30% were new barrels. The three components of the wine were matured on their own and were blended just before bottling.
It is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay. The AD RESERVE CVC has a lovely pale lemon/straw colour. The nose showed lifted peach and apricot characters. 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 length and fullness of the wine. Great with Asian dishes, seafood and soft cheeses.
Founded in 1928, Alvi’s Drift cellar has produced a string of award-winning wines. The AD range is the culmination of our pursuit of producing wines of the highest quality and unrivalled complexity. On the label, you can see the Van der Merwe crest as a watermark in the background and the pillars at the bottom of the label and capsule symbolize the low water bridge from which the cellar gets its name.
AD CVC ANALYSIS
RS-4.6 Alc-13.5% TA-7.4 pH-3.12