Chief Winemaker 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 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 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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Lucy Shaw on Bruce Jack’s Time Manner Place Posted on October 25 2012 by
South African winemaker Bruce Jack of Flagstone in Somerset West has launched a £65 single vineyard Pinotage onto the market. Called Time Manner Place, just 1,500 bottles of the inaugural 2010 vintage will go on sale.
South African winemaker Bruce Jack of Flagstone in Somerset West has launched a £65 single vineyard Pinotage onto the market.
Called Time Manner Place, just 1,500 bottles of the inaugural 2010 vintage will go on sale.
“My aim is to make the best wine in the world from Pinotage” Jack told the drinks business at Cape Wine 2012 in Cape Town this week.
“This won’t be a wine we produce every year, only in years we deem good enough,” Jack added.
The Pinotage grapes that go into the wine are grown in a south east facing, high altitude single vineyard in the little-known Breedekloof region in Worcester, north of Paarl.
“I looked at a load of maps and drove around the best looking slopes in the region. Striking upon one I particularly liked, I drove up to the farmer’s gate and knocked on his door. Luckily, he let me in,” Jack recalled to db.
“The grape grower, Anton Roos, is six foot tall and six foot wide and hunts buffalo with a bow and arrow,” Jack added.
He describes the smell of the wine as “ethereal”, and the palate as being intense, concentrated and black fruited with notes of mulberry and a wild strawberry twist in the finish.
Jack is adamant to stress that he’s not making the wine in order to convince sceptics about the merits of the much-maligned Pinotage, but rather because of his pride for and belief in the grape.
“Lots of people blame bad Pinotage wines on the grape, which is ridiculous,” he argued. “You could quite easily taste 10 Burgundies and only one would be decent but no one ever blames Pinot Noir.
“I’ve made a great Pinotage because I’ve chosen a good site and worked hard on it, giving it the care and attention it demands, just like its mother grape, Pinot Noir, which is equally demanding,” he said.
Jack works with low yields, discarding up to 50% of the crop if needed.
“I’m not trying to change consumer perceptions about Pinotage, neither am I trying to make a point. I simply believe that we can make the best wine in the world out of Pinotage,” he added.
Flagstone Time Manner Place Pinotage Reserve 2010 will go on sale in the UK next month through Direct Wines.