ALVI'S DRIFT SHIRAZ - 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 shiraz 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 skins and punched down by hand five times per day to maximise colour extraction in a gentle manner. After fermentation the wine was matured with French and American oak for 8 months where it also finished malolactic fermentation.
The Alvi’s Drift Shiraz has a medium colour with an attractive garnet hue. The wine is elegant and nicely balanced. The aromas on the nose are a subtle blend of white pepper and red berries with a hint of vanilla and chocolate. The flavours are well integrated with nutty oak characters. The palate is balanced with surprising length and fullness. The oak, fruit and tannins are beautifully integrated, giving the wine a subtlety and elegance rarely found in New World wines. Ideal with poultry, especially roast or barbecued chicken.