Winters Drift Pinot Noir 2013

Bright and cheerful.

Bright and cheerful.

First bottling by Elgin producer Winters Drift was in 2010 and though anything truly excellent has yet to appear under this label, the wines are generally appealingly styled and sensibly priced as the two new releases below demonstrate:

Winters Drift Chardonnay 2013
Approximate retail price: R97
50% underwent spontaneous fermentation in barrel, maturation lasting 10 months. Rich and ripe with notes of yellow peach and blue orange plus some yeasty complexity. Broad and slightly sweet, not quite as impressive as the 2012.

Score: 86/100.

Winters Drift Pinot Noir 2013
Approximate retail price: R120
30% whole bunch fermentation. Matured for 11 months in 300-litre French oak barrels, a combination of first- and second-fill. Very perfumed with notes of cherry and musk plus a hint of oak. Fruity and fresh on the palate – light bodied with no tannins to speak of. Immensely likeable but not particularly intricate. Vines planted in 2007 so presumably more concentration will come in future.

Score: 85/100.

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