I remember Bruce Jack once saying to me, my wines are food friendly wines. This wine wants to love your food. The grapes for the Bruce Jack Reserve Pinotage 2018 are found in the Breedekloof Wine Appellation, which produces excellent Pinotage, from vineyards especially selected by Bruce. The grapes are hand harvested early in the day while still cool from the night temperatures. Taken to the cellar the grapes are destemmed and crushed and then fermented on the skins. Pump overs take place to extract colour and gentle tannins. After a period in oak barrels, the wines are blended and prepared for bottling.
From a very elegant and labelled Bordeaux shaped bottle. The label, in black has Bruce Jack in a flamboyant calligraphy and the descriptions clear and simple. In the glass, the wine is an opaque bloodplum at the heart which pales out to a purple tinged ruby at the rim. The aromas are of Morello cherries, plums, dark chocolate and oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla. The palate is where the fruit billows out and fills it richly and generously. The dark chocolate is there. The acidity and tannins are all about velvet gloves and in perfect balance in the long and gently waning aftertaste. A very impressive and enjoyable glass of wine. With cool cellaring, for anything up to 5 years, the wine will reward you richly.
The Bruce Jack Reserve Pinotage 2019 is a wine for serious sipping and magical with foods. This last week I made a pot of curry which could have been made in the home counties kitchen of a returning servant of the Raj. We really enjoyed it and this wine was its perfect partner. For the recipe for my Madras Curry with Apple & Vegetables, click HERE.
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