ALVI'S DRIFT MERLOT - 2017
Our vineyards are grown using a philosophy of minimal intervention and fertilized with natural compost. The best blocks of each varietal at Alvi’s Drift are maticuliously managed to optimise qaulity. These merlot grapes were selectively harvested to ensure only healthy, ripe bunches were used for production.
In The Cellar
The grapes were crushed into open concrete fermentors where they stayed for the next ten days. Immediately after crushing, juice was drawn off to improve the colour and body of the wine. The wine was fermented on the skins in contact with French oak chips. During fermentation the wine was punched down by hand five times per day to maximise colour extraction in a gentle manner. After fermentation the wine was matured on French oak chips for 8 months where it also finished malolactic fermentation.
Our maiden vintage of this popular Bordeaux grape 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. Our merlot is ready for immediate drinking, but will benefit from 1-4 years cellaring.