The Bruce Jack wines currently all come from South Africa. My vineyard partner in this venture is a company called uniWines Vineyards, based in the Bredekloof Valley, an hour’s drive north of Cape Town.
In time they will craft Bruce Jack wines from Chile, Spain, Australia and France, but for now they are sticking with my home soil.
They are able to craft wines of complexity, character, balance, intrigue, yumminess and nuance at a “Lifestyle” price point through careful blending of small parcels of excellence from high-altitude, dry-grown, cool climate vineyards.
While usually extremely expensive, these small parcels add an extra dimension when blended in just the right way – this is where the winemaker’s art comes into the craft of winemaking.
As a young, idealistic winemaker Bruce dreamt of making one red wine from his own estate. His vision was to blend this wine mainly from two varieties that he loved then and still love today – Shiraz and Malbec. He would compliment this blend with small amounts of idiosyncratic varieties with very distinctive individual characters like Touriga Macional, Barbera and Tannat. These would be added in the same way one adds a pinch or herbs or a sprinkle of salt and pepper to a dish. And so that’s exactly what he planted on their family estate.
Blend: Shiraz, Tannat, Malbec and Touriga Nacional