The Drift Farm There Are Still Mysteries Pinot Noir 2018
The Drift Farm There Are Still Mysteries Pinot Noir
The Drift Farm There Are Still Mysteries Pinot Noir nose shows an intriguing blend of just-ripe strawberry and blueberry, wrapped up in spring herbs and dark chocolate oak. The palate echoes the ripe, red forest fruits of the nose, and also reflects the subtle and complexing herbaceous characters. The tannins are creamy, long and persistent.
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 Independant Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA), a collective of small yield winemakers working toegther to promote their hand crafted vintages to International markets.
This is a single vineyard wine. Planted in 2002, the vineyard has settled down into a natural balance between vegetative growth and fruit production. We expect around 3 tons per hectare. Planted to a mixture of red, clay rich "old Africa" soil and rock, sandstone and granite from the weathered mountainside, this vineyard grows slowly, but tenaciously. The block looks south- south west towards the Atlantic Ocean, and at 450m above sea level is not only planted close to the sea, but also with altitude.
The block is hand-picked in three or four passes over a week. The grapes are fermented in open top fermentors with 25% whole bunches. The tanks are small vessels and are hand plunged 5 or 6 times a day. Fermented wild, these can take some time to complete fermentation. Then aged in 225 litre barrels, mostly old, for 18 months.
Only around 2400 bottles are made each year and the labels are made of handmade japanese paper that Bruce gets made locally.
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