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WineMag Best Value 2019 results announced – Bruce Jack Wines had 4 Top Performing wines

2019-10-11T11:51:25+00:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Bonfire Hill Wines, Bruce Jack Wines, Review, Wine|

Over the past few months, Winemag.co.za has convened a series of tastings aimed at finding the best wines costing between R60 to R120 a bottle.  Our intention was to identify great everyday drinking – wines which offer refreshment and flavour under ordinary circumstances, are widely available, and don’t cost too much. Minimum stock requirements that producers had to meet was 300 six-bottle cases or 1800 bottles and wines were tasted blind by a three-person panel of experienced judges, with Christian Eedes as the roaming chair, using the 100-point system. A wide range of wines were tasted across the following categories: White [...]

A Close Friend of Destiny

2019-09-20T07:02:25+00:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

A Short Story by Bruce Jack Author’s note: this is an expanded story based on a braai conversation with my friend Francis Pratt with whom I launched The Berrio wine brand from Elim in 2001. We were discussing how some people can farm, and others simply cannot. It’s not about intent, the ability to work hard or intelligence. Destiny plays a big role. But mostly it’s about how you practice your intent. Building a wine business is a lot like farming. You can never take your foot off the pedal and how and when you apply that pressure will determine your [...]

Bruce Jack Heritage Collection released in time for Heritage Day

2019-09-16T11:40:20+00:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Jack Wines, Heritage Collection, Wine|

The arrival of spring brings with it the possibility of a clean slate. Cape gardens are alive with colour. They remind us that despite all the turmoil we face in the current state of the world, there is a home truth that marks the resilience of the South African spirit. We survive the whim of the political weather, making do with what we have – encapsulated well by the phrase: ‘n Boer maak ‘n plan, and whether we come from an Afrikaans heritage or not, we will rally in the coming weeks as the world’s rugby nations become the topic of [...]

Take a journey of exploration to Africa’s southernmost corner and discover the unique wines of the Agulhas Wine Triangle

2019-09-09T13:00:30+00:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Agulhas Wine Triangle, Bruce Jack Wines, Events, Overberg, The Drift Estate, Wine|

Once a year – for one day only – the wineries from Africa’s southernmost corner around Cape Agulhas come together to deliver a feast of flavours distinctive of this extreme wine growing area. This year the festival takes place on Saturday 9 November at the Black Oystercatcher wine farm. The wineries of the Agulhas Wine Triangle share a spirit for exploration and adventure as the pioneers of a group of exciting, new wine growing regions in South Africa which are characterized by their proximity to the coast, extreme, cooling winds and ancient soils. They are known for producing elegant, terroir driven [...]

Agulhas Wine Triangle collaborate in adapting to climate change

2019-09-18T12:49:51+00:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Agulhas Wine Triangle, Bruce Jack Wines, Overberg, The Drift Estate, Wine|

Tackling the prospects of climate change by sharing knowledge and experience is one of the drivers behind the formation of the Agulhas Wine Triangle (AWT). There are currently eight (8) brand owner members, located in a triangle stretching from Gansbaai in the west to Napier, across to Buffeljags and Malgas in the north east and incorporating Elim in the very south. The locally-based members are Lomond, Bruce Jack Wines, Olivedale Wines, Sijnn, Black Oystercatcher and Strandveld Vineyards. The two other members are Ghost Corner and Trizanne Signature Wines both of whom source their fruit in this area. “Climate change has made [...]

Yoga in art – The confluence of energy & light

2019-09-30T13:19:53+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Events, Headstart Trust|

Art and yoga enthusiasts can look forward to a unique art exhibition during November. Cape Town artist, Penelope Jack, will be exhibiting 80 engaging, original artworks – the result of 10 years work. “My current work is an in-depth exploration of yoga through painting - the connection between the physical and the spiritual,” says Penelope. The artworks depict the yoga poses (asanas), energy centres (chakras), hand gestures (mudras), breathing practices (pranayamas) and meditations of Integral Hatha Yoga. “I naturally focus on detail,” explains Penelope, “The result of my trained jeweller’s eye. But at the same time, I want to convey the [...]

The Power of possibility

2019-09-17T07:21:40+00:00September 1st, 2019|Categories: Headstart Trust, The Drift Estate|

We chat to Dr WP Van Zyl, who is heading up The Drift Estate’s Headstart Trust What is the HeadStart Trust? The HeadStart Trust is a CSR project started by The Drift Estate. This registered charitable trust aims to primarily uplift school children in the poorest rural areas. We are putting a portion of the sales of our Moveable Feast towards it as well as going out and raising money specifically for the HeadStart Trust projects. Where did the idea come from? The long-term vision is from Bruce Jack’s late mother, Elspeth, who wanted to create a music academy in the [...]

Top 10 wines in the inaugural Winemag Shiraz Report 2019 announced

2019-09-16T10:58:46+00:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Jack Wines, Heritage Collection, News, Review, Wine|

Syrah (aka Shiraz) has its traditional home in France’s Rhône Valley, where the appellations of Hermitage and Côte Rôtie are particularly acclaimed. South Australia’s Barossa Valley is also famed for the variety but South Africa is increasingly making wines to match the best of either of these two regions. It has become important locally occupying just over 10% of the national vineyard at the end of 2018 (second only to Cabernet Sauvignon among red varieties) and Winemag.co.za is therefore pleased to release our inaugural Shiraz Report. This year, 83 entries were received from 67 producers and these were tasted blind (labels [...]