Appelsdrift Farm (Pty) Ltd. The Drift Estate

Appelsdrift Farm, R316, 7270 Napier
South Africa
Telephone +27 21 7611833
Fax +27 86 5639577
orders@thedrift.co.za

This company is co-exhibitor of
Wines of South Africa

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Asia

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USA

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Africa

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.02  AFRICA
  • 01.02.06  South Africa
  • 01.02.06.15  Other South African wine cultivation areas

Our products

Product category: Other South African wine cultivation areas

There Are Still Mysteries

Viticulture
This is a SAWIS certified single vineyard wine. Planted in 2002, this vineyard just survived a wild fire that swept over the farm in 2006. We don’t expect more than 3 tons per hectare due to the steepness and wind. Home is clay rich ancient shale mixed with weathered sandstone from the mountainside. At 450m above sea level, the vines look south west towards the Atlantic Oceans. Hand-pruned and hand-picked.

Vinification

The grapes “cold soak”for a few days before “wild”fermentation kicks off, the party taking place in the open top fermentors – 30% whole bunches. The cap is gently hand-plunged 3 time a day. We press off towards the end of the fermentation and age between 12 and 18 months in mostly old 225lt barrels. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

On the nose the wine is mesmerizingly complex – with notes of ripe strawberry, Indian spice, plum, cardamom, thyme, rhubarb, red cherry and a touch of toasty cinnamon. Every time one takes a sniff a new nuance reveals itself. The palate is elegant and soft, but alive and fresh with lingering creamy tannin. Flavours of strawberry, chocolate, dried garden herbs, ripe nectarine, warm spices and a touch of vanilla wash over your palate. The complexity of the wine could be overpowering, but is balanced by intriguing red berry freshness.

Food Pairing
Try braaied king prawns from Mozambique. Or slow roasted veal shoulder. It goes with a lot of surprisingly rich foods as well.

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Product category: Other South African wine cultivation areas

Moveable Feast Estate Blend

Viticulture
This is an estate blend using only grapes grown on this unique Overberg Highland’s farm. As such it reflects the different aspects and soils on this remarkable farm. Each variety has been paired with a specific soil type and slope. All vineyards lie between 390m and 550m above sea level. Because the vineyards face in various directions, with various row directions, we have been able to embrace the complexity of our farm, and so transfer that soul into the wine.

Vinification

Each variety is treated differently. Most are fermented apart, but as pioneers of co-fermentation in South Africa we do have a few secret combinations. Fermented wild in open top fermentors with between 15% and 100% whole bunches. Hand plunged 6 times a day. Pressed into 225 lt barrels, mostly old, for between 18 months and 24 months ageing.

Tasting Notes

On the nose the wine shows typical Drift farm ripe, black berry fruit and herbaciousness, with white pepper and a touch of cigar box. On the palate the dominant ripe fruit shows a more elegant red spectrum with cherry, raspberries and plum standing above an under-layer of enticing dark chocolate and darker black fruits like mulberry.

Food Pairing
Try braaied Kudu venison with a wild mushroom source, or oven-baked aubergine, garlic and parsnip medley.

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Product category: Other South African wine cultivation areas

Bonfire Hill Extreme Vineyards White Blend

Vinification
Whole bunch pressing, followed by open tank fermentation. Wine is then cold stabilised, fined and filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Welcome to complex, ripe aromas of citrus and peach, backed up by the faintest sprinkling of fresh thyme and vanilla. The aromas introduce a palate altogether more complex, with rich, more-ish, juicy stone fruit, wrapped up in crunchy, refreshing, grapey acidity. Mouth-filling, delicious and succulent

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About us

Company details

The Drift Farm is an education in generational thinking. It’s a family focus. Sometimes, it’s a frank reflection of personal failure. But the mistakes and disappointments are only the slippery steps up a beautiful mountain slope. This is farming, after all. When you pause for breath and look around at the view, the stumbling is forgotten. You realise, you are still going forward and upward for all the right reasons. What a privilege. Your eyes and nose and lungs are flooded with freshness and this seeps into your soul. Your weariness disappears. You feel more. You sense more. You can’t help smiling, and it starts in your heart. Life, and this clamorous endeavour called living, are put into perspective.

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