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The Drift Farm Comfort Zone 'Whote Bunch Tinta' 2016

We are told it’s difficult to “step out of your comfort zone”. I don’t have that problem because there’s nothing comfortable about making your living as a farmer. There’s nothing comfortable about our poisonous legacy of apartheid and colonialism. There’s nothing comfortable about the spectre of unsustainable land restitution. I am diligently searching for that elusive comfortable life, for hope and stability and incorruptible politicians. But I do find comfort in the fight well fought, and in planting trees whose shade will grace my great-grandchildren. I find comfort in making unusual, joyful wines and drinking my fellow guild members’ wines. Welcome to the zone.

Auction Year: 2017

The Dirft Farm Die Kans Vate 2013

This is a small single vineyard Barbera planted in 2004. The wine was made in traditional
open top fermenters with manual punch-downs. We played bagpipes and cello (obviously
not at the same time) to the barrels to harmonise the tannin and give stability to the colour.
It was always going to be a special wine – right from the start. We chose the best barrel
for the auction.

Auction Year: 2017

The Drift Farm Kindred Shiraz/Malbec/Barbera 2014

The most important winemaking decision happened many years before the first grape for
this wine was ever harvested. It was a decision of what type of grape to plant where, and in
what specific way. To this extent, this wine was conceived and dreamt about over 15 years
ago. We chose specific clones of specific varieties, married them to specific rootstocks,
planted them on carefully prepared soil, in particular sites on a unique farm. Many years
later, this vision bore fruit and the simple, foreseen winemaking process took place. Manual
punch-downs, wild yeast, unfiltered and unfined. Natural, hand-crafted wine.

Auction Year: 2016

The Drift Farm Die Kans Vate Single Vineyard Barbera 2013

This is a small single vineyard Barbera planted in 2004. The wine was made in traditional
open top fermenters with manual punch-downs. We played bagpipes and cello (obviously
not at the same time) to the barrels to harmonise the tannin and give stability to the colour.
It was always going to be a special wine – right from the start. We chose the best barrel
for the Auction.

Auction Year: 2015

The Drift Mountain Farm "The Heartbreak Grape" Pinot Noir 2013

Born of a tiny vineyard - perilously planted on the steep, cool, windswept slopes of our farm in the Overberg Highlands. Pinot transcends the obvious and can astound you with the volume of energy it encompasses; like the unexpected weight of a guitar. A stealthy heartbreaker, Pinot is unconcerned by the rules of love everyone else in the Grape Kingdom survives by. Seduction is fleeting. Its embrace unexpected, arriving half way into a bottle. But then it's dramatic, unyielding and inspiring. Tasting Notes: Each Dijon selection in this tiny vineyard dreams up broodingly beautiful flavours from this granite-rich, ancient mountain soil. Aromas are the soundtrack of seasons, tannin the quietly determined marching melody. It's a breath-taking view and a wildfire survivor. It's a winemaker's obsession. Above all, it's the soul of a remarkable farm.

Auction Year: 2014

Bruce Jack Happy Hour 2009

Mostly Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with a touch of Viognier, the grapes all originate in the cool climates of Elim and Elgin. All barrel fermented and then aged in barrel for 10 months. This wine has been designed to live for at least 10 years from bottling. With white wines we strive for a combination of weight and freshness. Our white wines are known for their intense presence, persistence and longevity. We want you, the customer, to not only be happy in the knowledge that you are purchasing brilliant quality wine, but also wine that adds a little joy to your life, a little sparkle and a lot of happiness. Tasting Notes: Intense green fig, green pepper, passion fruit and spice on the nose. Very concentrated, structured wine on palate showing citrus, vygie, green pepper, orange and cinnamon/vanilla toasty oak.

Auction Year: 2013

The Drift We're Here 2011

This is the first red wine under The Drift label, which is the name of our farm in the Overberg Highlands. It is the realisation of a long, often wine-fuelled, sometimes heartbreaking, but always meaningful journey. Not all the grapes came from the farm, and I made it at Flagstone with Gerhard Swart's help, but this is the essence of what this journey stands for. It will be the compass for the style and philosophy of the The Drift Farm wine. It is a wonderful wine, with the potential to live for decades. Grown and crafted with absolute care and attention to detail, it proudly puts Pinotage in the forefront. Named "We're Here" after the schooner in Rudyard Kipling's coming-of-age-story "Captains Courageous". Read to my father by his dad, and to me by my father; it has now been handed on to my boys. It's about the real value of money and hard work. Tasting Notes: Deep, dark ruby centre leading to a ruby red rim. Plums and red berries dominate the nose with spicy notes and a hint of mint.

Auction Year: 2013

Flagstone Happy Hour 2009

Mostly Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with a touch of Viognier, the grapes all originate in the cool climates of Elim and Elgin. All barrel-fermented and then aged in barrel for 10 months. This wine has been designed to live for at least 10 years from bottling. 80 cases of this wine were sold at the 2010 Auction. Tasting note: Intense green fig, green pepper, passion fruit and spice on the nose. Very concentrated, structured wine on palate showing citrus, vygie, green pepper, orange and cinnamon / vanilla toasty oak. Drink within the next 10 years.

Auction Year: 2011

Flagstone

Mostly Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with a touch of Viognier, the grapes all originate in the cold climates of Elim and Elgin. All wines were barrel fermented and then aged in barrel for 10 months. This wine has been designed to live for at least 10 years from bottling. Tasting note: Intense green fig, green pepper, passion fruit and spice on the nose. Very concentrated, structured wine on palate showing citrus, vygie, green pepper, orange and cinnamon/vanilla toasty oak.

Auction Year: 2010

Flagstone Weather Girl 2006

Winemaking Notes The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon both originate from the Moddervlei farm in the Elim area. The grapes were hand picked during February and March at optimal ripeness. Grape pickings were either whole-bunch pressed or crushed and left to cold soak for 12-24 hours. The cultivars were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks, using a variety of different yeasts. Post fermentation lees contact took place in tank after which the wines were racked off the lees and blended. Bottled under screwcap. Tasting Notes Pale yellow with a beautiful green tint around the edge. Clear and shiny. Nice green fig leaves and herbaceous characters on the nose, combined with prominent dusty mineral aroma. Lovely hints of passion fruit and paw paw. Amazing aromas exploding on entry. The wine has an elegant creamy fullness with perfectly balanced acidity. The mid palate is full of ripe citrus flavours, ending with a lingering clean aftertaste.

Auction Year: 2009

Flagstone The Secret Handshake 2005

Winemaking Notes Many people assume the CWG is a bit of a boy's club. This isn't true, but I still think we should have a secret handshake. However, no one has taken this seriously enough to even let me put it on the AGM as an agenda item. I thought therefore I should just make a secret wine. I can not share the origin of the vineyards with you, as this is a secret. Many think this has been matured in French oak - I can not confirm or deny this, as I have used some very special barrels, which may or may not have come from France. The wine is delicious, and is so creamy and luscious because of the blend, the exact proportions of which I have been sworn to silence about by my cellar hands. Tasting Notes Deep, mysterious colour introduces an intriguingly complex nose of summer red berry fruit, a touch of vanilla and pepper and a hint of mint and fennel. Soft, balanced flavours of plum, chocolate and cassis are framed by an elegant, ethereal touch of wood.

Auction Year: 2009

Flagstone Weather Girl 2006

Flagstone is a small, gravity-flow winery specialising in a myriad of hand-crafted, ground-breaking wines and wine-styles. Renowned worldwide for a cutting edge, progress attitude to grape growing and winemaking, Flagstone views its CWG offerings as the pinnacle of that revolutionary winemaking ideal. The Flagstone CWG Weather Girl Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend from Elim at the cool tip of Africa is a statement in persistent elegance. Tasting note: A very characterful, complex wine with strong green fig, capsicum and litchi aromas. The wine has a substantial palate that is well balanced with a long supple finish.

Auction Year: 2008

Flagstone ''The Glass Carriage''

The Chenin Blanc was crushed and pressed straight to barrel where it was fermented wild. It was left on the lees after fermentation. 15% Sauvignon Blanc from Elim was blended in straight from tank. 100% American oak, new. Bottled under screwcap. Tasting Notes: On the nose, pineapple, litchi and crisp tropical hints, with the undertones of cinnamon and vanilla and lime. The nose follows through to the palate with a nice creamy fullness, finishing with a fresh citrus crisp that lingers.

Auction Year: 2007

Flagstone Weather Girl 2006

The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon both originate from the Moddervlei farm in the Elim area. The grapes were hand picked during February and March at optimal ripeness. Lots were either whole bunch pressed or crushed and left to cold soak for 12-24 hours. The cultivars were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks, using a variety of different yeasts. Post fermentation lees contact took place in tank after which the wines were racked off the lees and blended. 40 cases were sold at the 2006 Auction. Bottled under screwcap Tasting Note A very characterful, complex wine with strong green fig, capsicum and litchi aromas. The wine has a substantial palate that is well balanced with a long supple finish.

Auction Year: 2007

Flagstone Weather Girl 2006

The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon both originate from the Moddervlei farm in the Elim area. The grapes were hand picked during February and March at optimal ripeness. Lots were either whole bunch pressed or crushed and left to cold soak for 12-24 hours. The cultivars were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks, using a variety of different yeasts. Post fermentation lees contact took place in tank after which the wines were racked off the lees and blended. Tasting Note: A very characterful, complex wine with strong green fig, capsicum and litchi aromas. The wine has a substantial palate that is well balanced with a long supple finish.

Auction Year: 2006

Flagstone Love Handles 2004

The grapes were hand picked on 25 March 2004 at 25.2-26.1 degrees balling. The grapes were then crushed, after which all small parts of the stems were removed by hand on a sorting table. Cold maceration on the skins took place for 10 days with one cold soak punch down per day. Fermentation took place in stainless steel open top fermenters with punch downs every four hours, at 25-30 degrees C. Pressing and barreling down took place without the use of pumps - only gravity flow. The wine was then matured for 24 months - two-thirds in new American oak barrels and the rest in older French and American oak. Tasting Note: The wine has a deep colour and a rich, complex nose that combines black fruit, licorice and cracked black pepper with hints of ethereal spice. Full and deep on the palate with a wonderfully integrated tannin structure and earthy undertones.

Auction Year: 2006

Flagstone The Black Southeaster 2003

Both the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon were 50% whole berry crushed to open top fermenters. They underwent cold maceration for two to three weeks with a punch-down every second day. After inoculation they were punched down at regular intervals. The wine was pressed straight to barrel. 100% New American oak was used. The wine spent 14 - 15 months in barrel. 40 cases of this wine were sold at the 2004 Auction. Tasting Note: Loaded with plums, leather, spice and cloves. Subtle hints of vanilla and white pepper. On the palate, plush, velvet fruit, deep cassis layer, silky tannins and well balanced acidity.

Auction Year: 2005

Flagstone Month of Sundays 2005

The Weisser Riesling (Swartberg, Oudshoorn) and Sauvignon Blanc (Elim) were handled very reductively. The Sauvignon Blanc had 12 hours of cold maceration before pressing. Both were tank fermented and kept on the lees to just before bottling. The Chardonnay (Helderberg) and Morio Muscat (Swartberg, Oudtshoorn) were cold soaked for 6 hours. They fermented in barrel for 3 months before blending and bottling. Tasting Note: Delicate pears, lemon meringue, linden blossom, terpenes and a slight noble character on the nose. Crisp, penetrating mouthfeel, delivered with a lingering finish.

Auction Year: 2005

Flagstone The Black South Easter Shiraz / Cab 2003

53% Shiraz, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot Bottled under screw cap. Grapes were handpicked, kept in cold storage overnight, crushed the following day and placed in flagstone open top fermentors. Many experiments with different strains of yeast were carried out. Cold maceration on skins for up to two weeks. 4-hourly punch downs. Pressed to barrel, where malolactic fermentation took place. All barrels were tasted and the best were selected for this wine. Tasting note: Attractive deep red colour with classic aromas of ripe red plums, blackberries and strawberries. Core deliciously rich in vanilla with undertones of cinnamon and spice. New American oak, well integrated with fruit and spice. Prominent ripe tannins contribute to a well rounded finish in creamy elegance.

Auction Year: 2004

Flagstone Dragon Tree Reserve 2001

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Pinotage - The concept behind this wine was to push the logistical boundaries of our Flagstone Winemaking technique to the limit. We picked Pinotage off our favourite vineyard in the Bottelary Hills on the 15th of February 2001. The grapes were sorted, cooled to zero degrees and de-stemmed into a Flagstone open-top fermenter. There they lay for two months at zero degrees until we picked the same tonnage of grapes from our favourite Cabernet vineyard in the Kuils River foothills. After sorting, the grapes were de-stemmed and fed by gravity into the same open-top fermenter. The cooling was switched off and cold-soak punch-downs began immediately. The whole berry mash took a further seven days to warm up to the temperature where spontaneous fermentation started. Fermentation was fairly rapid thereafter, rising to thirty-two degrees centigrade. The wine was pressed off just before primary fermentation was complete, straight into new American, one new French and one second fill French barrel. There it remained for the next eighteen months on its primary lees, undergoing malolactic fermentation in the barrel. Lees were stirred periodically and the wine received a rough pad filtration prior to bottling under screw-cap. Tasting note: Dense, dark red colour. On the nose, intense wild blackberry jumps out of the glass. This is backed up by toasty and ripe spicy plum and raspberry. The palate is as intriguing as it is balanced with loads of character. Black cherry, vanilla, chocolate chip muffin, cloves, toffee and just a hint of hedonistic animal magnetism.

Auction Year: 2003

Flagstone Pinot Noir 2001

Aromas to get your heart racing: cherry, plum, mocha coffee and dark chocolate. The palate is dense and concentrated with super soft, mouth-filling tannin. Flavours of sour cherry, ripe strawberry, cinnamon and dark chocolate combine to leave a lasting impression of substance and balance.

Auction Year: 2002