Winters Drift wines, grown on the historic Glen Elgin farm in the cool-climate Elgin Valley, release the 2013 vintages of their popular Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and continue their quest to broaden the visitor experience at the Tasting Station and Platform 1 Eatery.
So head out to the historic Elgin Station, which is home to Winters Drift wines, and relax ‘just off the spoor’, soaking up the rural bliss and old world charm. Enjoy the new Winters Drift wines and the ever-changing fine seasonal fare at the quaint railway-style café whilst your children revel safely in the new kiddies’ playground.
Go French and end your meal with a game of boules and you might be lucky enough to see one of the grain- laden trains trundling past. And don’t miss the Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival on 3rd Drift and sixteen other Elgin wineries will be offering a day filled with fine wines, good food and plenty of entertainment for the whole family, between 09h30 and 17h00.
WINTERS DRIFT’S NEW VINTAGE RELEASES
Winters Drift Chardonnay 2013
Tasting notes: This partially wooded wine has a voluptuous nose displaying gorgeous aromas of ripe tangerine and honeydew melon with buttered toast, vanilla and marmalade undertones. The palate is full and rich and beautifully balanced by the lemony acidity which affords a delightful freshness to the wine, and the long finish displays ripe citrus notes. This wine will age well over the next three to four years.
Food pairing suggestions: Thai green chicken curry with lemon grass and ginger in a rich coconut sauce, or Smoked duck breast salad with peaches and toasted macadamia nuts drizzled with a creamy honey dressing.
Retail price: The Winters Drift Chardonnay 2013 is available nationally and retails at ±R97.
Winters Drift Pinot Noir 2013
Tasting notes: This wine delivers everything you expect from a young Pinot Noir, including an abundance of red cherries, varietal spice, truffles, forest floor notes and subtle oaking from 11 months in first and second- fill French oak. The palate is complex and satisfying with a softness that is unique to Pinot Noir. It will age well over the next three to five years.
Food pairing suggestions: Ostrich fillet with wild rice and a creamy porcini mushroom sauce, or Aubergine Parmigiana.
Retail price: The Winters Drift 2013 Pinot Noir is available nationally and retails at ±R120.
ELGIN COOL WINE AND COUNTRY FESTIVAL AT WINTERS DRIFT
On Saturday 3rd offering a day filled with fine wines, good food and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Day Passes can be purchased on the day, at any of the participating wine farms or at the Elgin Tourism office, for just R50 per adult including all wine tasting and entertainment. Children enter free of charge. Breakfasts and teas will be available but all lunches need to be pre-booked and paid for in advance.
Winters Drift Festival Breakfast at Platform 1 Eatery
(09h30 until 11h00)
May when Winters
May, between 09h30 and 17h00, Winters Drift and several other Elgin wineries will be
• Platform 1 Breakfast (R55) with two eggs, bacon, mushroom, sausage and tomato on toasted ciabatta bread
• Platform 1 Breakfast (R40) with an egg, bacon, mushroom, sausage and tomato on toasted ciabatta bread
Winters Drift Festival Lunch and All Day Menu at Platform 1 Eatery
• Rustic butternut soup with ciabatta (R45)
• Camembert wrapped in vine served with ciabatta and garden greens (R69)
• Festival basket: Jalapeño poppers with cream cheese, crunchy tempura vegetables, pear and blue cheese spring rolls, and crumbed chicken strips with sweet chilli sauce (R85)
• Home-made beef burger with caramelised onion and potato wedges (R70)
For lunch on 3rd
For further information on the Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival please visit http://ecwcf.elginwine.co.za
WINTERS DRIFT’S OTHER WINES
Winters Drift Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Tasting notes: This wine is intensely fruity on the nose displaying gorgeous notes of soft pineapple, litchi, pear and white peach, as well as typical cool climate green vegetative aromas. On the palate, the wine has refreshing acidity and a lingering aftertaste that finishes with crisp green notes.
Retail price: The Winters Drift 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is available nationally and retails at ±R75.
Winters Drift Rosé 2012
Tasting notes: A refreshing dry Rosé made from Merlot grapes, it displays a lovely soft pink colour and is characterised by notes of fresh summer berries wrapped in floral overtones, most notably white and pink rose petals, with hints of candyfloss on the finish.
Retail price: The Winters Drift 2012 Rosé is available nationally and retails at ±R55.
Winters Drift Shiraz 2012
Tasting notes: The 2012 Shiraz exhibits a bright crimson colour with rich spices, lavender and soft oak on the nose and ripe red and purple berry flavours. The mouth-feel is given structure by ripe grape and oak tannins.
The wine will age very well over the next three to five years.
Retail price: The Winters Drift 2012 Shiraz is available nationally and retails at approximately R99.
WHATSUP AT PLATFORM 1 EATERY
Platform 1, a must stop-off in Elgin, is now open on Sundays as well from 08h30 until 16h00.The experience is cosy and relaxed and the ever-changing blackboard menu offers delectable seasonally-inspired dishes, served on wooden boards, with a commitment to local and sustainable ingredients. The dishes are complemented by the Winters Drift range of fine wines which can be ordered by the glass or the bottle - at cellar door prices.
Platform 1 Eatery also offers:
• Koek en Tee: On Wednesdays as usual
• Music nights: A ticket for R170 per person includes the show, a light supper and a glass of Winters Drift wine.
Next up: Multi award winning cabaret artist Godfrey Johnson Live on Friday 25 April.
• Movie nights: At Platform 2 on Tuesdays. Tickets at R115 per head include a movie ticket and a delicious home-cooked meal. All bookings need to be made 24 hours in advance.
Next up: Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - The Selfish Giant
• Special events: Platform 1 Eatery will be hosting a Gourmet Mushroom Day, with mushroom guru Gary Goldman. Dates: 29 April, 30 April, 1 May and 2 May 2014. Each day will include a quick talk on mushrooms, mushroom foraging and lunch with a glass of Winters Drift wine.
Cost: R395 per person per day
May contact Dre Johnson on 082 379 2623 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details, visit www.mushroomguru.co.za
GREEN MOUNTAIN TRAIL
The Green Mountain Trail is a four day 60km slackpacking trail around the Groenlandberg. It is a walking experience that incorporates the changing landscape through fynbos, vines and orchards, and wine and food from the diverse farming area. The accommodation is four-star farm stays and the package includes full board, guiding, wine tastings, and transportation of baggage. Emy Mathews of Winters Drift presents the wine tasting on Day 1 at Porcupine Hills.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON WINTERS DRIFT
Winters Drift wines, named after the ‘winter ford’ crossing of the Palmiet River, on Glen Elgin, which formed part of the original ox wagon trail through the Overberg, honour the remarkable story and legacy of two pioneering and philanthropic bachelor brothers, Ted and Harry Molteno. These young men purchased Glen Elgin in 1903 and dedicated their lives to transforming their farm, and in fact the whole valley, into a leading fruit-farming area. In time ‘Elgin’ referred not only to Glen Elgin, but also to the railway station built upon their farm, and soon the entire valley became known as Elgin. Glen Elgin was bequeathed to the Molteno Brothers Trust, with profits to be used for the furtherance of ‘educational, cultural and charitable interests’.
After the 1970s, when road transport sidetracked rail, the Elgin Station building had become an object of ongoing vandalism and fallen into disuse and disrepair. When Molteno Brothers, owners of Winters Drift wines and Glen Elgin farm, bought the Elgin Station residential houses, they embarked on lengthy discussions with Transnet to get permission to renovate the historic station building and finally to open the Winters Drift
Tasting Station and Platform 1 Eatery.
On arrival at the Tasting Station, one is ‘transported’ back in time, greeted by the quaint old ticket office, and the elegant Molteno brothers’ 100-year-old mantle clock which personifies the passage of time (and is depicted on the Winters Drift wine labels). Meander through the wealth of memorabilia, chancing across vintage suitcases, original railway benches and antique telephones while station masters’ caps, adorning the walls, are tipped as if to welcome ‘travellers’. So, stop the clock, come along and relax and soak up the old world charm, and taste the Winters Drift wines atop a counter made from old railway sleepers.
TASTING STATION CONTACT DETAILS AND OPENING TIMES
Tuesday to Friday: 9am to 4pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: First Sunday of every month between September and May
Monday: By appointment only
Contact: Emy Mathews (Marketing and Tasting Station Manager)
Telephone: 021 859 5534 · 082 494 1265
PLATFORM 1 EATERY CONTACT DETAILS AND OPENING TIMES
Tuesday to Sunday: 08h30 until 16h00
Contact: Dre Johnson
Cell: 082 379 2623