This estate, the personal project and beloved property of the Jack family, nestles in an unspoiled valley close to the small town of Napier in the Overberg region, which boasts many of the Cape's most southerly vineyards. It is one of the original 15 PIWOSA (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) members.
Bruce Jack is best known for the Flagstone brand and more recently his work at Kumala. The first bottling at The Drift Farm was in 2005, with other interests including herbs, olives and vegetables all farmed on ecologically protective principles. Trizanne Barnard makes the wine and Chris Keet is the consultant viticulturist. Numerous varieties are planted, including tannat and several port varieties, but most are yet to appear in bottle.
Bruce also produces Mary le Bow for Angela Frater and her children, relishing the opportunity to help her to realise her husband Kenneth's dream of making a fine wine from beautiful vineyards in their secluded mountain kloof (valley) above Ashton, in the Robertson area.
The soils here are ancient and rich, and the altitude and climate makes for bitingly cold winters and fine summers. A lover of classic European wines, Kenneth wanted to make a wine that recalled their finesse, whilst respecting its origins in cool vineyards of the Western Cape.