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Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival 2019

2019-05-29T11:52:46+00:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Jack Wines, Events, The Drift Estate, Wine|

One week to go … explore the wine workshops – Sabrage, Salt and French Champagne! Press release published by Juliet Cullinan 28 May 2019 A celebration of wine magnificence, Summer Place in Sandton becomes the meeting point of creators and collectors for the 29th Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival on 4 & 5 June. Sponsored by Standard bank for 19 years, the event is regarded as the most prestigious wine showcase in South Africa, set apart by its outstanding level of wines and wineries from several vintages and regions. It’s big enough to offer an interesting array of wines, yet [...]

Bruce Juice – February 2019

2019-02-27T12:51:47+00:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Jack, Bruce Jack Wines, The Drift Estate, There Are Still Mysteries, Wine|

Bruce Jack and Marlize Beyers, winemaker at The Drift Estate, toast to a lively 2019 harvest It’s the bitterly cold February of 1819. A Burgundian farmer called Jacques rubs his gloved hands together and walks briskly into the freezing wind. His woollen scarf covers his generous nose, smelling comfortingly of wood smoke. Once in his favourite Pinot Noir vineyard he cuts canes from pre-marked vines. These were selected during the previous growing season for their strength and balanced internode length. They will become the vines of a new vineyard he plants in the field alongside, just over the snow-covered country lane. [...]

Toast with Carrie – Bruce Jack

2019-02-27T12:15:42+00:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Jack, Overberg, The Drift Estate, There Are Still Mysteries, Wine|

Touch HD presents Toast with Carrie. Carrie Adams chats to, our very own, Bruce Jack in this podcast. Content hosted by iono.fm According to Carrie, he is one of the most engaging characters in the global wine trade. His farm produces a complex and delicious Pinot Noir made from a single vineyard in a pocket of the Overberg.

Gardener boasts green fingers

2019-02-27T07:46:14+00:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Headstart Trust, Overberg, The Drift Estate|

Photo credit: Ora Laubscher Translated from original article by Ora Laubscher, published in the Gazette 5 February 2019   “I lovingly attend to this garden and am so happy to see that the people passing by always have something nice to say and are really interested in it,” says gardener Saul Swart. Protea Primary in Napier is on of the few schools in the region that can still boast a sustainable vegetable garden on the school grounds. According to Saul, the vegetable garden project was launched about a year ago with the support of The Drift, an estate outside Napier. Comparing [...]

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 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 [...]