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Somerset Fresh Fine Wine and Food Festival

2019-11-28T12:11:08+00:00November 28th, 2019|Categories: Agulhas Wine Triangle, The Drift Estate|

Constantia's favourite garden party, Constantia Fresh, is bringing its popular annual fine food and wine festival across the bay to Somerset West to welcome their own version of Fresh this summer. The fresh green lawns of Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate is where you’ll find foodies and wine enthusiasts on Sunday, 8 December 2019 for the inaugural Somerset Fresh Fine Wine & Food Festival. Over 200 wines will be available for you to swirl, sip and savour, while you nibble on gourmet canapés prepared by some of the region’s most talented chefs. Your ticket includes a festival glass, tasting of over [...]

Take a journey of exploration to Africa’s southernmost corner and discover the unique wines of the Agulhas Wine Triangle

2019-09-09T13:00:30+00:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Agulhas Wine Triangle, Bruce Jack Wines, Events, Overberg, The Drift Estate, Wine|

Once a year – for one day only – the wineries from Africa’s southernmost corner around Cape Agulhas come together to deliver a feast of flavours distinctive of this extreme wine growing area. This year the festival takes place on Saturday 9 November at the Black Oystercatcher wine farm. The wineries of the Agulhas Wine Triangle share a spirit for exploration and adventure as the pioneers of a group of exciting, new wine growing regions in South Africa which are characterized by their proximity to the coast, extreme, cooling winds and ancient soils. They are known for producing elegant, terroir driven [...]

Agulhas Wine Triangle collaborate in adapting to climate change

2019-09-18T12:49:51+00:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Agulhas Wine Triangle, Bruce Jack Wines, Overberg, The Drift Estate, Wine|

Tackling the prospects of climate change by sharing knowledge and experience is one of the drivers behind the formation of the Agulhas Wine Triangle (AWT). There are currently eight (8) brand owner members, located in a triangle stretching from Gansbaai in the west to Napier, across to Buffeljags and Malgas in the north east and incorporating Elim in the very south. The locally-based members are Lomond, Bruce Jack Wines, Olivedale Wines, Sijnn, Black Oystercatcher and Strandveld Vineyards. The two other members are Ghost Corner and Trizanne Signature Wines both of whom source their fruit in this area. “Climate change has made [...]

The Power of possibility

2019-09-17T07:21:40+00:00September 1st, 2019|Categories: Headstart Trust, The Drift Estate|

We chat to Dr WP Van Zyl, who is heading up The Drift Estate’s Headstart Trust What is the HeadStart Trust? The HeadStart Trust is a CSR project started by The Drift Estate. This registered charitable trust aims to primarily uplift school children in the poorest rural areas. We are putting a portion of the sales of our Moveable Feast towards it as well as going out and raising money specifically for the HeadStart Trust projects. Where did the idea come from? The long-term vision is from Bruce Jack’s late mother, Elspeth, who wanted to create a music academy in the [...]

Top 12 wines in the Signature Red Blend Report 2019 announced

2019-09-16T10:53:51+00:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Mary le Bow, Moveable Feast, Review, The Drift Estate, Wine|

Winemag.co.za has just released its fourth annual Signature Red Blend Report, the aim of the exercise being to reward winemakers who are prepared to try something a little different, wines included “distinctive of their originators”. To elaborate, we see no reason why South African winemakers should be bound solely by the Bordeaux model when it comes to creating great blended red wine. Perhaps the Rhône is a better reference point given local growing conditions while the so-called “Cape Blend” incorporating Pinotage potentially gives us a unique selling proposition. Then, of course, there are the red blends of yesteryear – Alto Rouge, [...]

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.