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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 [...]

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 [...]

Top 12 wines in the Signature Red Blend Report 2019 announced

2019-09-16T10:53:51+00:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Mary le Bow, Moveable Feast, Review, The Drift Estate, Wine|

Winemag.co.za has just released its fourth annual Signature Red Blend Report, the aim of the exercise being to reward winemakers who are prepared to try something a little different, wines included “distinctive of their originators”. To elaborate, we see no reason why South African winemakers should be bound solely by the Bordeaux model when it comes to creating great blended red wine. Perhaps the Rhône is a better reference point given local growing conditions while the so-called “Cape Blend” incorporating Pinotage potentially gives us a unique selling proposition. Then, of course, there are the red blends of yesteryear – Alto Rouge, [...]

The top five wines from the inaugural Best Value Shiraz Tastings 2019 have been released

2019-09-13T09:32:03+00:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Jack Wines, Review, Wine|

Seeking to find the best examples of Shiraz between the R60 and R120 price points, the wines were tasted blind by our three judges: Joanne Gibson, Ndaba Dube and Trizanne Barnard with scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Shiraz is something of a chameleon grape, capable of producing wines ranging from fairly light and fresh (even austere) to rich and ripe (even jammy). Producers often claim that their use of the name ‘Syrah’ indicates wines made in the more elegant ‘Rhone’ style rather than the blockbuster ‘Aussie’ style, but this is definitely not always the case. Generally speaking, though, [...]