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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 [...]

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, [...]

Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival 2019

2019-05-29T11:52:46+00:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Jack Wines, Events, The Drift Estate, Wine|

One week to go … explore the wine workshops – Sabrage, Salt and French Champagne! Press release published by Juliet Cullinan 28 May 2019 A celebration of wine magnificence, Summer Place in Sandton becomes the meeting point of creators and collectors for the 29th Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival on 4 & 5 June. Sponsored by Standard bank for 19 years, the event is regarded as the most prestigious wine showcase in South Africa, set apart by its outstanding level of wines and wineries from several vintages and regions. It’s big enough to offer an interesting array of wines, yet [...]

Bruce Juice – February 2019

2019-02-27T12:51:47+00:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Jack, Bruce Jack Wines, The Drift Estate, There Are Still Mysteries, Wine|

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. [...]