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Chief Winemaker Bruce Jack

Bruce Jack

A Capetonian whose curiosity and palate has taken him the length and breadth of the globe. Bruce completed his undergrad in Political Science and Literature at UCT and then read his Masters in Literature at St Andrew’s in Scotland. His subsequent winemaking degree came from the Roseworthy Campus at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Bruce is a pioneer, and in many respects a maverick, and what he brings to winemaking is an articulate opinion about his greatest passion.

Food Alchemist & Kitchen Cowboy Peter Goffe-Wood

Peter Goffe-Wood

Peter is on the judging panel for the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants in the World, as well as the Diners Club Wine list of the year. Born in London, he trained in South Africa and returned to work with some of Britain's top chefs in several award-winning London restaurants.

Back in South Africa, he helped to open the La Couronne Hotel & Winery (now Mont Rochelle) in Franschhoek. Conde Nast Traveller named it as one of the fifty most exciting restaurants in the world.

Peter has worked to develop some of the Cape’s best and busiest restaurants, including Blues, 95 Keerom Str, Balducci’s & Salt. GQ magazine took him on as food editor for eight years and he is a regular contributor to Men’s Health. Peter is author of Kitchen Cowboys and Blues Restaurant – the essence of Cape Town.

He featured alongside Ainsley Harriot on BBC Food’s Off the Menu and now appears as a judge on MasterChef SA.

Editor Andrew Arnott

Andrew Arnott

Andrew studied Literature and Sociology at UCT before setting off on a global trek that saw him working under the seas of the Caribbean, on the snow covered slopes of the Canadian Rockies and writing for a variety of financial and travel institutions. Now at home in Cape Town, Andrew’s passions for wine and writing are married on this blog.

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Flagstone Tributary Chenin Blanc 2015

Our first permanent single varietal expression of Chenin Blanc, something to look forward to later this year. 

During Cape Wine 2015, trade title Drinksbusiness.com ran an interview with Bruce Jack, founder of Flagstone and head winemaker in South Africa for international wine company Accolade Wines, on Chenin Blanc. What particularly caught the eye is that Flagstone have launched Tributary 2015, an interpretation of the grape set to sell in the UK at €30 a bottle.

From 45-year-old Perdeberg vineyards, 70% was fermented in tank and 30% in barrel. Jack reckons Chenin can offer the freshness of Sauvignon Blanc, the subtlety of Pinot Grigio, the body of Chardonnay and the age-worthiness of Riesling and Tributary 2015 is a remarkable and somewhat unusual take on the variety.

Closed under screwcap, the wine is initially shy on the nose and tight on the palate. It, however, opens up wonderfully to reveal aromas of citrus, pear and peach, some talcum powder, potpourri and dried herbs. The palate shows fabulous fruit concentration and driving acidity, a little bit of phenolic grip adding interest on the finish. It’s muscular and lithe and not nearly as oxidative as other top-end examples often are.

Winemag rating: 94/100

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