Bruce Jack is a South African Winemaker, probably with more experience of the international wine scene than most. His wines are known widely, and also appear on many supermarket shelves and wine lists all over the world. Working from the seat of his motor car, Bruce can be found travelling all over the Cape to secure excellent grapes from farmers whose vineyards he knows really well. For the two bottles, the grapes come from carefully managed vineyards which are harvested very early in the morning when the vineyards are still cool. Once in the cellar, the grapes are destalked, crushed and pressed. Once the juices have cold settled out, fermentation takes place to highlight the specific aromas and flavours of the mother vineyards. Special tanks are given longer lees contact to build on the flavours. The labelling is modern and elegant with the name Bruce Jack in calligraphy.
Here are some of his wines which we have had the pleasure of tasting recently…
From a Burgundy shaped vine leaf green bottle, closed with a pretty printed screw cap. In the glass a pale gold, brightshining. The aromas are beguiling and inviting. A melange of stone fruits and soft citrus with whiffs of freshly harvested forest mushrooms and newly baked yeasty brioche. The palate from entry has a lovely line of acidity running through the rich and generous mid palate and into the long and gently waning aftertaste. The fruit and oak with its concomitant oak spice and vanilla aromas segue into the palate. Eminently drinkable and very food friendly now, as are all Bruce Jack Wines. The wine will reward you with a couple of years of cool cellaring.
While the Bruce Jack Reserve Collection Chardonnay 2019 is great for serious sipping, it shines with a well-prepared dish of food. My recommendation for the white wines follows below.
From a Burgundy shaped vine leaf green bottle, closed with a pretty printed screw cap. Delicious ‘green’ aroma of figs and an undertow of fynbos herbaceousness. Cape gooseberries and their brilliant acidity enliven the wine from entry, and it carries through the rich and generous midpalate into the long and satisfying aftertaste. Flavours of Granny Smith apples, and ripe white fleshed peaches are bound up in ‘fresh cut’ grass. Eminently drinkable and very food friendly now, as are all Bruce Jack Wines. The wine will reward you with a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Bruce Jack Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is a refresher for mid-morning, or as a sundown sipper. It is great as an aperitif at the beginning of a meal, taking you into the first course.
Bruce Jack White Wine in a Can
Pour, from an elegantly printed can. Fun wine made from Chenin Blanc. Nice and complex Chenin flavours. Oranges, lemons and sweet tropical lime and fresh sliced Granny Smith apples, white flowers and fynbos honey. I love the pink grapefruit skin oil whiffs and flavours. Nice that you can put it into a bowl of ice to get the temperature down. Made for now drinking. Perfect for picnics or outdoor meals.
Bruce Jack Red Wine in a Can
Pour, from an elegantly printed can. Made from Cinsaut, one of my favourite wine grapes. Half of my father’s vineyards were planted to this variety. I remember Bruce Jack in the early stages of his research telling me that one has to be very specific about the red wine you put in a can. This one really works. Aromas and palate in perfect partnership here – you get to taste exactly what you smell. There is some rustic branches of dried herbs, good red and black berries and cherries. The palate is of forest fruits and a note of slate. Fruit, acidity and soft tannins all in harmony. This is a ‘drink me now’ wine – perfect for your backpack when you go rambling.
I can’t think of anything more suitable for all of these wines, than Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Pork Belly and Shiitake Ramen – with Ramen so de rigueur. Click HERE for her recipe.
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