Our vineyards are grown using a philosophy of minimal intervention and fertilized with natural compost produced on the farm. The best blocks of each varietal at Alvi’s Drift are meticulously managed to optimize quality. These Merlot grapes were selectively hand harvested to ensure only healthy, ripe bunches were used for production.
In The Cellar
The grapes were crushed into roto-fermenters where they fermented for approximately 7 days. Juice was drawn off the skins to improve the wines color and flavor intensity. The wine was matured in French oak for 8 months prior to bottling.
An excellent ripe example of this popular Bordeaux variety. The wine is a lovely blend of fruit, oak, and tannin. Full bodied for a merlot, yet soft and juicy with subtle tobacco characters on the nose and palate. There are notes of cherries and ripe plums with a hint of chocolate. The tannin structure is quite firm for a merlot and we expect the wine to age well because of this. Great drinking with a range of meat and pasta dishes but ideal with a braai or even duck. Ready for immediate drinking, but will benefit from 1-4 years cellaring.
RS- 4.6 Alc-13.75% TA-5.7 pH-3.45