The Verreaux Pinotage is made entirely from estate-grown fruit, hand selected in the early morning to ensure only cool, perfect bunches are delivered to the winery.
Optimum ripeness was achieved at approximately 25° balling.
In The Cellar
The wine was crushed into traditional open fermenters for fermentation. The juice was bled from the skins to improve the colour and total phenol levels in the wine. Once fermentation commenced the cap was punched through by hand up to 8 times per day. After fermentation, the wine was matured for 22 months in a combination of new French and American Oak barrels.
The Verreaux Pinotage is made without compromise, in small volumes, with intense colour, robust tannin and juicy, ripe fruit flavours of mulberries and blackberries. The fruit is complemented with complex flavours of leather, nuts and vanilla. Blended from individually selected barrels, the discerning wine lover will appreciate that the Verreaux will reach full potential with 8-10 years of careful cellar maturation. A perfect partner for red meat, game, duck and mature cheeses.
Verreaux’s Eagle, (also known as the Black Eagle) is a large, majestic bird of prey that frequently soars high above Alvi’s Drift. Named in honour of Pierre Jules Verreaux, the French naturalist who first described many species of birds and animals in Southern Africa. This rare and beautiful bird now gives its name to Alvi’s Drift flagship Pinotage.
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.
RS- 3.2 Alc-13.91% TA-5.2 pH-3.61