The Alvi’s Drift range of wines from the Worcester farm Alfalfa owned by the Van der Merwe family is worth keeping an eye on. There are 350ha of vineyard on this 5 000ha property and own label production dates from 2002 driven by doctor-turned-winemaker Alvi van der Merwe who recently enlisted former Distell group winemaker Linley Schultz.
Despite Alvi’s Drift’s brief history, there have already been two wines under this label rated 5 Stars in Wine magazine, namely Alvi’s Drift Muscat de Frontignan 2006 in 2008 and Alvi’s Drift Premium Selection Chardonnay Viognier 2008 last year. The Alvi’s Drift CVC 2008 ( a blend of 48% Chenin Blanc, 42% Viognier and 10% Chardonnay) meanwhile won a silver medal at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.
Drank the Chardonnay Viognier 2008 with spinach dumplings in a parmesan and sage sauce at Magica Roma yesterday. The wine showed great richness and complexity with flavours of peach, apricot, pineapple, honey and spice and had wonderfully gentle acidity. An excellent food and wine match. Depsite its high rating, it’s still available from the farm at “between R40 and R45” a bottle. Tell them I sent you.