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Winery of the Week: The Drift

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.


The Drift Gift Horse Single Vineyard Barbera 2013

The Drift range
Category: Barbera

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. More 

Wine tasted by Newcomer/Returnee Team 9.


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The Drift Moveable Feast Red Blend 2013

The Drift range
Category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based

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. More 

Wine tasted by Newcomer/Returnee Team 9.


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The Drift There Are Still Mysteries Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

The Drift range
Category: Pinot noir

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. More 

Wine tasted by Newcomer/Returnee Team 9.


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The Drift Year of the Rooster Rosé 2016

The Drift range
Category: Rosé dry

Single-block touriga franca, among SA’s best & most characterful rosés. Electric pink 2016 has variety’s signature orange rind aroma; light, ultra-dry yet packed with flavour. More 

Wine tasted by Newcomer/Returnee Team 9.


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