Bruce Jack and Marlize Beyers, winemaker at The Drift Estate, toast to a lively 2019 harvest It’s the bitterly cold February of 1819. A Burgundian farmer called Jacques rubs his gloved hands together and walks briskly into the freezing wind. His woollen scarf covers his generous nose, smelling comfortingly of wood smoke. Once in his favourite Pinot Noir vineyard he cuts canes from pre-marked vines. These were selected during the previous growing season for their strength and balanced internode length. They will become the vines of a new vineyard he plants in the field alongside, just over the snow-covered country lane. [...]
This is the first episode from the 'Not the winemaker' podcast series on Listen to your Grapes. Bruce Jack will introduce you to a multitude of fascinating people connected to the world of wine. None of them, however, are winemakers. First to the starting line is, local CapeTalk radio host, John Maytham. Content hosted by iono.fm
Touch HD presents Toast with Carrie. Carrie Adams chats to, our very own, Bruce Jack in this podcast. Content hosted by iono.fm According to Carrie, he is one of the most engaging characters in the global wine trade. His farm produces a complex and delicious Pinot Noir made from a single vineyard in a pocket of the Overberg.
Dear fellow wine tribe friend, Much of the money I earned from odd jobs as a kid went on an early addiction – pies. I became a connoisseur of pies. Because I rode to school from an early age, after classes and sport, I was free to sample all the pies in all the bakeries for miles around. One day I unearthed a pie filled with fried red onion and melted cheddar cheese at a place called Silwood Baker. It was a new creation and titled a “Cheese Turnover” because of the way the baker wrapped the pastry around all that [...]
By Andrew Catchpole on Harpers.co.uk Published: 22 November, 2018 Prominent South African winemaker Bruce Jack officially launched his new eponymous wine range yesterday at High Timber restaurant in London. Presenting a two-tier range, with an entry level aimed at supermarket shelves and reserve wines targeted at independents and on-trade, Jack described the brand as being “based on a central theme, a central idea and a central message”. “The reason this brand is going to be different is because of the collaboration with others in the industry,” said Jack, referring to partnerships with other growers and winemakers in South Africa, adding, “I [...]
Just Jack – with over 30 years’ experience within the wine industry, Bruce Jack is making a fresh start
Who in the South African wine industry doesn’t know the name Bruce Jack? You may know him as the winemaker who shot Flagstone to fame, or the man behind The Drift Estate in the Overberg. Most recently, and for the past 10 years, Bruce was the Group Head Winemaker for Accolade Wines—where he was able to use his talents making wine all over the world. Bruce now finds himself at the start of something new. And that is? Bruce Jack Wines. We sit down with Bruce to find out more. How did you first get into wine? I started packing shelves [...]
By Richard Siddle Published in Grapevine - Issue 74 You have been responsible for making so many big branded wines, from Kumala to Hardy's, but this is the first wine brand with your name on it. Why and why now? It's admittedly a bit weird having my own name on the label, but it's more to do with the creative process. That's what motivates me to get out of the bed in the morning. It's not about winning medals. The world is crying out for authenticity. So with Bruce Jack wines I can honestly say this is me, these are my [...]