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Bruce Juice – December 2018 – What makes the world of wine go ‘round?

2018-12-19T08:11:06+00:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: Bruce Jack, Bruce Jack Wines, News, Wine|

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 [...]

Bruce Jack UK launch

2018-12-19T08:08:06+00:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: Bonfire Hill Wines, Bruce Jack, News, Wine|

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

2018-12-19T08:06:19+00:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: Bruce Jack, Bruce Jack Wines, News, Wine|

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 [...]

My week with…Bruce Jack

2018-12-19T08:01:21+00:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: Bruce Jack, News, Wine|

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 [...]

Moveable Feast at The Moveable Feast

2018-11-21T09:10:28+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: News|

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” - ERNEST HEMINGWAY The Two French Messieurs hailing from Paris, a city drenched in history and fresh dreams, have arrived in Cape Town. Vincent John and Rafael have taken swirls of their artistic visions and created exactly what this city has been waiting for in the space that used to be called Rafiki’s. The style of the restaurant was designed to mix traditional elements of a French [...]

Words behind the wine – Moveable Feast

2018-11-21T11:02:02+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Moveable Feast, News, The Drift Estate|Tags: |

We had been hiking since daybreak. We would have started earlier, but walking in the dark in these mountains is dangerous. There a few perilously steep sections close to the farm and then there are the puffadders and berg adders – almost impossible to see with torchlight on a rocky buck trail. We stopped first only when the sun burned above our left shoulder. I stripped down to my long-sleeved cotton shirt and glugged icy gulps of water from my partially frozen water bottle. Sweat ran down my face, but I felt strong, my hips and old rugby knees holding [...]

Excerpt’s from: South Africa’s cool-climate whites and scorching reds: why the country has it all

2018-11-21T11:05:50+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Bonfire Hill Wines, Moveable Feast, News, Over the Moon, Overberg, Review, The Drift Estate, There Are Still Mysteries, Wine|

South Africa is on its game for white wines Wine lovers, take note: South Africa is on its game for white wines! The country’s whites are now deserving of every wine consumer’s attention, not least for the excellent value they have to offer. As James and I tasted through almost 500 wines from the country in May this year, we could not help but be amazed as one outstanding flight followed the next of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and even Sauvignon Blanc. Until only too recently, much of the white grapes grown in the Cape found their way into bulk wine, [...]

The Headstart Trust – community initiatives for 2018

2018-11-21T11:21:57+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Bruce Jack, Headstart Trust, News, Overberg|

We continue to assist the young learners of Protea Primary in Napier. Mariska Purdy, the Drift Estate administrator, had established last year that the school had a lack of basic stationery required for the last two school terms. Dave Boulle, owner of Mason Complete Office Solutions,  sponsored the stationery last year. This year the top of the wish list was a need for a variety of art materials. Thanks to generous donations from some of our private customers, the JDI Foundation and funds raised at The Drift Estate annual Solstice Dinner. The Trust was able to purchase the art supplies this [...]

Deliver us from Distraction!

2018-11-21T11:22:55+00:00April 7th, 2018|Categories: Bruce Jack, News, The Drift Estate, Wine|

What is it about the human mind that constantly trips itself up? Not by a big hairy evil, but something so benign we don’t even see it coming until it’s too late – distraction. Many deep thinkers have, over time, pondered the same pathetic, hapless human weakness. Seneca, the Roman Philosopher, had an enlightened go at unravelling this in his writing; and it is quite clear that hundreds of years down the track we are still making the same mistakes. I have always been easily distracted – by TV, food, music, conversation, a sexy bodysurfer (that distraction was so intense she [...]