Appelsdrift Farm, the Napier-area source of these excellent, personality-packed wines, is closed for tasting but the guest accommodation in the elegant homestead offers an entry to a very special place, isolated and remote, with a timeline stretching back into the Overberg’s prehistory. Winegrower Bruce Jack (of Flagstone repute) and his family since the 1990s have lovingly laboured (read: faced off everything from devastating wildfires to marauding fauna) to establish a largely organic and award-winning vegetable, herb, olive and wine estate, now with an expanded portfolio of varietal bottlings and blends. Aside from the unusualness of the grape varieties, and extremeness of the vineyard sites - one slope in particular falls away as startlingly and precipitously as a roller coaster - winelovers will enjoy the names and front labels, co-created with artist/designer wife Penny. All are vintage Bruce, internationally schooled in English, political science, wine – and magic.
Showing flair & a light touch (as all these), 2013's rich dark fruit complemented by sweet spice, herbs & pronounced fynbos note. Measured acidity adds freshness, balance. Delicious now, will reward decade cellaring.
Unites shiraz, tannat, touriga nacional, malbec & pinot noir in partly co-fermented savoury blend that’s powerful yet effortlessly elegant & fresh. 2013 lissom tannins, restrained oak (10% new) give a velvet finish & luxe vanilla nuance. Also in magnum. Tiny quantity, as all.
While there's plenty in store for the patient collector, 2013 also delivers immediate gratification for the eager pinotphile - on nose, via fresh earth & cherry sweetness; on palate, with bright acidity, fine stemmy grip, seemingly endless strawberry flavours & lightest touch of French oak, just 10% new.