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The Grapes

The Reserve Chardonnay wine is made entirely from estate-grown fruit, hand selected in the early morning to ensure only cool, perfect bunches are delivered to the winery. Maturity reached optimum levels of ripeness at approximately 24° balling.

In The Cellar

The Grapes were whole bunch pressed and the free run was barrel fermented using a
combination of CY3079 and selected wild yeast strains. The wine was matured on lees for 11 months in French oak barrels where it was regularly Bâtonnage.

The Wine

The Reserve Chardonnay is made in a Burgundian style ensuring complexity and great ageing potential. The wine is a lovely pale straw colour with a nose showing elegant peach aromas. The palate is full, balanced and lingering with a hint of citrus, white chocolate and vanilla pods. Great with chicken and duck dishes, firm fish such as tuna and soft cheeses. The wine has great ageing potential and will reward 2 to 5 years of

The packaging

The label features an illustration of Alvi’s Drift, the ford built by Alvi van der Merwe in
1928. This low water bridge crosses the Breede River which cuts through the family property. Founded in 1928, Alvi’s Drift cellar has produced a string of award-winning
wines. The Reserve range is the culmination of our pursuit of producing wines of the highest quality and unrivalled complexity.

RS- 5.0 Alc-13.61% TA-6.7 pH-3.16