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Moveable Feast at The Moveable Feast

2018-11-21T09:10:28+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: News|

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” - ERNEST HEMINGWAY The Two French Messieurs hailing from Paris, a city drenched in history and fresh dreams, have arrived in Cape Town. Vincent John and Rafael have taken swirls of their artistic visions and created exactly what this city has been waiting for in the space that used to be called Rafiki’s. The style of the restaurant was designed to mix traditional elements of a French [...]

Words behind the wine – Moveable Feast

2018-11-21T11:02:02+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Moveable Feast, News, The Drift Estate|Tags: |

We had been hiking since daybreak. We would have started earlier, but walking in the dark in these mountains is dangerous. There a few perilously steep sections close to the farm and then there are the puffadders and berg adders – almost impossible to see with torchlight on a rocky buck trail. We stopped first only when the sun burned above our left shoulder. I stripped down to my long-sleeved cotton shirt and glugged icy gulps of water from my partially frozen water bottle. Sweat ran down my face, but I felt strong, my hips and old rugby knees holding [...]

Excerpt’s from: South Africa’s cool-climate whites and scorching reds: why the country has it all

2018-11-21T11:05:50+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Bonfire Hill Wines, Moveable Feast, News, Over the Moon, Overberg, Review, The Drift Estate, There Are Still Mysteries, Wine|

South Africa is on its game for white wines Wine lovers, take note: South Africa is on its game for white wines! The country’s whites are now deserving of every wine consumer’s attention, not least for the excellent value they have to offer. As James and I tasted through almost 500 wines from the country in May this year, we could not help but be amazed as one outstanding flight followed the next of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and even Sauvignon Blanc. Until only too recently, much of the white grapes grown in the Cape found their way into bulk wine, [...]

The Headstart Trust – community initiatives for 2018

2018-11-21T11:21:57+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Bruce Jack, Headstart Trust, News, Overberg|

We continue to assist the young learners of Protea Primary in Napier. Mariska Purdy, the Drift Estate administrator, had established last year that the school had a lack of basic stationery required for the last two school terms. Dave Boulle, owner of Mason Complete Office Solutions,  sponsored the stationery last year. This year the top of the wish list was a need for a variety of art materials. Thanks to generous donations from some of our private customers, the JDI Foundation and funds raised at The Drift Estate annual Solstice Dinner. The Trust was able to purchase the art supplies this [...]

The Drift Estate Moveable Feast 2014

2018-11-21T11:06:47+00:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Moveable Feast, Review, The Drift Estate|

By Christian Eedes May 9, 2018 It doesn’t get more exotic than this 36% Syrah, 27% Malbec, 14% Tannat, 14% Touriga Nacional and 9% Barbera 2014 blend but Bruce Jack of Flagstone repute is not one to play it by the book. Grapes from the Overberg family farm, vinification involved partial whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 18 months in French oak, 10% new. The nose shows a floral top note before dark fruit, some earthiness, herbs and spice plus a slight malty quality. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and dense with tart acidity and smooth tannins. It’s very expressive if rather [...]

Deliver us from Distraction!

2018-11-21T11:22:55+00:00April 7th, 2018|Categories: Bruce Jack, News, The Drift Estate, Wine|

What is it about the human mind that constantly trips itself up? Not by a big hairy evil, but something so benign we don’t even see it coming until it’s too late – distraction. Many deep thinkers have, over time, pondered the same pathetic, hapless human weakness. Seneca, the Roman Philosopher, had an enlightened go at unravelling this in his writing; and it is quite clear that hundreds of years down the track we are still making the same mistakes. I have always been easily distracted – by TV, food, music, conversation, a sexy bodysurfer (that distraction was so intense she [...]

Notes from a Japanese intern at The Drift Estate

2018-11-21T11:23:49+00:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: News, Overberg, The Drift Estate, Wine|

by Naoko Ikeda I have just finished two weeks of a 2018 harvest internship at The Drift Estate. I am one of four women selected from over a hundred applicants, from all over the world, to join the Women in Wine program promoted by PIWOSA (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa, of which The Drift Estate is a member). I applied because I wanted to know how to make wine. As a wine professional based in Hong Kong, I know how to taste and sell wines but my knowledge lacked practical experience. The reason I chose South Africa is the wines [...]

Winemag presents the results of the Wine and Beer Label Design Awards 2018

2018-11-21T11:25:29+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Moveable Feast, News, Penelope MCC, The Drift Estate, There Are Still Mysteries, Wine|

Results of the fourth annual Wine Label Design Awards and the inaugural Beer Label Design Awards proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel were announced on 14 March 2018 at the Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm in Somerset West. The competition seeks to reward the best design and packaging for bottled wine made in South Africa and judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication. A total of 44 Wine Label entries were received, 28 of these emerging as finalists. The Grand Prix went to The Vinoneers No. 42 Orpheus & The Raven2015 [...]

Jack in the Box

2018-11-21T11:26:16+00:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: News, The Drift Estate, Wine|

We are thrilled to reveal our first “League of Beautiful Wine” case of the year. A beautiful showcasing of the Drift Estate. We have decided to release some of our older vintages (see below) for the first time ever. This quarter’s case includes: 1x The Drift Estate Penelope MCC 2015 1x The Berrio Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (*While stocks last) 1x The Drift Estate Year of the Rooster Rosé 2017 1x Mary Le Bow red blend 2014 1x The Drift Estate Moveable Feast red blend 2013 (sold out ages ago and unavailable elsewhere) 1x The Drift Estate There are Still Mysteries single [...]

The Unravelling Patient Wife

2018-11-21T11:34:55+00:00February 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Penelope MCC, The Drift Estate, Wine|

Among other special privileges, members of our exclusive club: “The League of Beautiful Wines”, will have the pleasure of not only being the first to grab our new wine additions, but also take advantage of a special introductory price (only available to members). And so it is with bubbling excitement that we introduce you to our version of what we call champagne in South Africa - Méthode Cap Classique (or MCC for short). Our 2015 The Drift Estate “Penelope” is a dry sparkling, bottle-fermented, Rosé MCC made from the free running juice of our now legendary Touriga Franca block (we are [...]