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Naked Pinot Noir on Roller-skates

2018-11-21T11:41:28+00:00February 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Over the Moon, The Drift Estate|

The second of our brand new releases is called The Drift Estate “Over the Moon” Unfettered Red 2017. This unwooded red is a cutting-edge blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Barocca and Shiraz. We’ve dived down a completely different rabbit hole with this wine. We wanted to break some of the nonsensical ‘rules’ of winemaking by harking back to ancient cellar methodology. The majority of the wine (Touriga Franca) was fermented off the skins, which is extremely rare for a red wine these days. This results in a low-tannin, but darkly hued red wine with cherry cola aromas and mulberry flavours. The [...]

The Drinks Business – The Week In Pictures

2018-10-05T12:26:22+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: News|

by Edith Hancock 9th February We caught up with one of our all-time favourite winemakers this week, South Africa’s Bruce Jack, who hosted a dinner for his friends in (and out) of the trade at Vinoteca in Farringdon. Bruce introduced each of his wines, from his spicy There Are Still Mysteries Pinot Noir and his sour-cherry laced Gift Horse Barbera to his Moveable Feast red blend, with a story that took guests on a journey from Hemingway’s Paris to Odysseus’ bedroom. He also revealed during the dinner that he plays the bagpipes to his maturing wines at his Overberg estate The [...]

PIWOSA

2018-10-05T12:30:23+00:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Bruce Jack, News, Wine|

by Tod Stewart October 2017 So, I was sitting at a bar in downtown Toronto slurping glasses of Chenin Blanc with the Cape Crusaders. No, that’s not a typo; I meant to say “cape” and not “caped.” Though these guys are superheroes in a way, they were wearing jeans rather than spandex (as was I, so let’s get that cleared up right away). Their mission isn’t ridding the world of crime but rather ridding it of ignorance, precon-ception and overt cluelessness. All in the name of South African wine. Gesondheid to that! Alex Dale The Premium Independent Wineries of [...]

Why the 2015 Vintage Marks a Golden Age for South African Wine

2018-10-05T12:34:26+00:00February 7th, 2018|Categories: News, Wine|

Despite a rich and long history of winemaking, South African wine has not always received the attention it deserves. But that's about to change with the 2015 vintage. By Lauren Buzzeo 6 February 2018 With a rich winemaking history that dates back to the 17th century, it’s easy to wonder why the oft-labeled “New World” wine regions of South Africa don’t have more of an “Old World” reputation. Despite its past, many consider the country to be relatively new to the vinicultural scene, especially when it comes to the ability to produce high-quality wines of distinction. There are many potential reasons [...]

The Buyer’s Best Wines of 2017 (part 2): Chris Wilson

2018-10-05T12:56:02+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Categories: News, Wine|

By Chris Wilson 24 December 2017  Chris Wilson picks 10 wines that he would and has returned to away from the spittoons and note-takers – wines to buy and bring into the home… surely the greatest mark of respect that any wine expert can give to a winemaker, even if they do have a top-knot. Mission impossible: choosing just 10 wines from all those tasted in 2017. But at least Chris has managed it – other The Buyer wine tasters take note! And so to distil 12 months of tasting, of drinking, of sensory thrills into 10 wines. Well it’s impossible, [...]

South Africa – Flushing away misconceptions.

2018-10-05T12:57:41+00:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: News, Wine|

By Julien Boulard 12 October 2017 I have to admit, I used to have strong prejudices against South African wines. The lion’s share of my limited experience with them has essentially been about rubbery Pinotages and anorexic Chenin Blancs, stripped of any personality. I began to seriously question my biased judgement two or three years ago, when a good friend of mine specializing in South African wines started to introduce me to the real stuff: intense though extremely palatable wild-fermented Chenins, as well as fruitful and flawless Pinotages. So, when Wines of South Africa (WOSA) offered me the opportunity to really [...]

Bruce Jack: not climate change, dude…its all about the grass

2018-10-05T13:02:36+00:00December 7th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Jack, News|

“Forget climate change, dude, this is probably the biggest threat to the wine industry.” Well, it is according to leading South African winemaker, Bruce Jack. In the second in his monthly series, The Bruce Juice, Jack examines the impact the continued legalised sale of cannabis in more American states, and potentially elsewhere in the world, is already having on the alcohol industry. Beer might be feeling the effects first, but wine sales, he warns, are also going to suffer. The biggest immediate threat to wine is not coming from the sky, or mother nature, but as Bruce Jack says, the first [...]

Bruce Jack on why markets like Denmark are big alternatives to the UK

2018-10-05T13:05:36+00:00December 7th, 2017|Categories: Bruce Jack, News|

In the first of a new series, subtly titled ‘The Bruce Juice’, showing what life is like on the road for winemakers looking to distribute their wines around the world, leading South African producer, Bruce Jack from The Drift Farm, looks back on the lessons learnt from a recent trip to Denmark and why with such demand for premium wine it has become a real alternative to the UK and such an important growing market for premium South African producers. If you enter the wine scene in Denmark you’re likely to bump in to a South African winemaker as it has [...]

The Drift Farm Honoured with Prestigious innovation award in Canada

2018-10-05T13:07:29+00:00October 12th, 2017|Categories: News|

The 22nd annual ‘Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’ (known as the NSLC) Festival of Wine took place in Atlantic, Canada at the end of last month. It is the largest event of its kind in the Atlantic region, and one of the biggest in Canada, attracting over 6000 wine enthusiasts over week-long itinerary of events. The board of the NSLC tasted in excess of 1000 wines leading up to the festival, in order to narrow down the selection to 360 wines that would be show cased at the festival. The stringent tasting review also resulted in merely 28 winners across the 42 [...]

Making a Difference at The Headstart Trust

2018-10-05T13:08:33+00:00June 5th, 2017|Categories: News|

The late Elspeth Jack first moved from Cape Town to the Napier district twenty years ago. Elspeth’s keen interest in the local community and her desire to stimulate social upliftment left an indelible mark on her son Bruce, who continues her work through the Headstart Trust - established in her memory to provide and promote education and outreach programs for educational enrichment, academic support and supplementary tuition to poor and needy children. Left to Right: Jason Snell (the Drift), Cibella van Geems , Anne Petersen , Mariska Purdy (the Drift), Evelyn Sauls and Andre Purdy (the Drift). Our current [...]