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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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Notes from a Japanese intern at The Drift Estate

2018-11-21T11:23:49+00:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: News, Overberg, The Drift Estate, Wine|

by Naoko Ikeda I have just finished two weeks of a 2018 harvest internship at The Drift Estate. I am one of four women selected from over a hundred applicants, from all over the world, to join the Women in Wine program promoted by PIWOSA (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa, of which The Drift Estate is a member). I applied because I wanted to know how to make wine. As a wine professional based in Hong Kong, I know how to taste and sell wines but my knowledge lacked practical experience. The reason I chose South Africa is the wines [...]

Winemag presents the results of the Wine and Beer Label Design Awards 2018

2018-11-21T11:25:29+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Moveable Feast, News, Penelope MCC, The Drift Estate, There Are Still Mysteries, Wine|

Results of the fourth annual Wine Label Design Awards and the inaugural Beer Label Design Awards proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel were announced on 14 March 2018 at the Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm in Somerset West. The competition seeks to reward the best design and packaging for bottled wine made in South Africa and judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication. A total of 44 Wine Label entries were received, 28 of these emerging as finalists. The Grand Prix went to The Vinoneers No. 42 Orpheus & The Raven2015 [...]

Jack in the Box

2018-11-21T11:26:16+00:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: News, The Drift Estate, Wine|

We are thrilled to reveal our first “League of Beautiful Wine” case of the year. A beautiful showcasing of the Drift Estate. We have decided to release some of our older vintages (see below) for the first time ever. This quarter’s case includes: 1x The Drift Estate Penelope MCC 2015 1x The Berrio Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (*While stocks last) 1x The Drift Estate Year of the Rooster Rosé 2017 1x Mary Le Bow red blend 2014 1x The Drift Estate Moveable Feast red blend 2013 (sold out ages ago and unavailable elsewhere) 1x The Drift Estate There are Still Mysteries single [...]