The Drift Farm Over The Moon 2018
The Drift Farm Over The Moon
A Brave new style of red wine. Crafted from varieties, on the edge of wildness, the aroma can be described as organised chaos. Breathe in deeply because this is the small path less travelled. On the palate the wine sings with plum and blueberry and the peppery edge of exotic spice. Astonishingly, this lively wine is unusually soft, built on the focus and with of perfectly ripe fruit, not on the bitter structure of tannin. We recommend you drink it slightly chilled.
With Over the Moon, they went about crafting the purest, freshest, most lively expression they could of varieties that give them so much of that distinctive Drift Estate zing. Very small volumes.
Driven by a desire to make individual, superb quality wines with exceptional character The Drift wines are assiduously crafted by winemaker Bruce Jack using only the grapes grown on the farm. The Drift specializes in four wines - a single vineyard Rosé, a single vineyard Pinot Noir, a single vineyard Barbera and a blended red wine from various varieties and vineyard sites on the farm. Chief Winemaker and Farmer Bruce Jack grew up in Cape Town, the son of an architect and a musician/writer, so perhaps it was inevitable he would become a winemaker. The Drift is a founding member of the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA), a collective of small yield winemakers working together to promote their hand crafted vintages to International markets.
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, they have been able to embrace the complexity of the farm, and so transfer that soul into the wine.
Each variety is treated differently. Most are fermented apart, but as pioneers of co-fermentation in South Africa they do have a few secret combinations of co-fermenting varieties. Generally the wines are fermented in open top fermentors with between 15% and 50% whole bunches. The tanks are small vessels and are hand plunged 5 or 6 times a day. Fermented wild, this can take some time. Aged in 225 litre barrels, mostly old, for 18 months.
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