Compagniesdrift has been a 100% black-owned wine company since July 2019. It is supported by the Land Reform and Development Programme (LRAD) of the Department of Land Affairs and Standard Bank. The company affords the 72 individuals in the Meerlust Workers Trust the opportunity to join the commercial farming and other business ventures of the Trust. The owners of the renowned Meerlust Wine Estate, the Myburgh Family, identified potential projects that would benefit their farm workers in a meaningful and economically viable way. This ultimately culminated in a R45 million black empowerment business venture.
Compagniesdrift supports The Breast Health Foundation, the goal of which, as a non-profit organization, is to create awareness, empower women and promote a powerful mindset of survival in breast cancer patients. Since its formation in 2002, the foundation has focused on expanding their reach, establishing education and counselling programs in three provinces as well as a national telephone support programme. Compagniesdrift Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2018 proudly supports the Breast Health Foundation in its endeavours.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is quirky yet serious and the bottle has a little Breast Health Foundation tag on it. In the glass, the wine is a soft pink with brown flashes, what the Californians call ‘partridge eye.’ The Chardonnay brings its gravitas to the wine with its citrus core and structure. The Pinot Noir with its delicate red berry fruits, its petrichor and its forest floor fungus whiffs and flavours. The palate is generous and the aftertaste wanes gently. An impressive glass. The wine will improve for a further two years if cool cellared.
Serve with Compagniesdrift Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2018 chilled but not too cold. There is a delicious Italian dish, the name of which escapes me, which is a bed of dressed rocket, with room temperature sliced rare beef fillet and shards of Parmigiana Reggiano on top. This is a marriage made in heaven. Pasta with a delicate sauce with prawns or smoked salmon would also be a great match. Dianne Bibby’s Linguini with Shrimp and fresh Tomato Sauce is the stuff. Click HERE for her recipe and to browse her lovely website.
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