Bruce Jack Reserve Collection new releases

By , 20 April 2020

Earlier this year, Bruce Jack Wines placed 43rd on the list of “The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands” according to, this drawn up by an “academy of global drinks buyers and wine experts, including professionals from 48 different countries”. Jack, of course, founded Flagstone back in the day and is, in his own way, as pivotal a figure as Eben Sadie when it comes to the modern era of South African wine.

Always innovative, one of his most recent ploys was the Jack Journal, a publication featuring contributions from leading wine writers on a variety of topics – this was meant to be published in Germany and printed in time for Prowein but now appears online here.

Two of Jack’s wines to catch the eye most recently:

Bruce Jack Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Price: R90
W.O. Cape South Coast, this recalls the wines that Jack made with Elim farmer Francis Pratt under The Berrio label in the 2000s. Striking aromatics of cut grass and fynbos through green apple to cantaloupe. The palate shows pure fruit, racy acidity and savoury finish.

CE’s rating: 89/100.

Punches above its weight.

Bruce Jack Reserve Collection Pinotage 2018
Price: R90
W.O. Breedekloof, Jack long a champion of this district for growing Pinotage. Some floral perfume, before cherries, plums, just the right amount of chocolate, earth and spice. Pure fruit, bright acidity and soft tannins – the extraction very well handled. Fruit-driven but not too sweet, a rather charming rendition that over-delivers at the price.

CE’s rating: 90/100.

The HeadStart Trust has been involved in the upliftment of poor and marganilised communities for over 10 years, activities now centred around Napier in the Overberg, where the Jack family farm is located. Because of Coronavirus and the resulting lockdown, the short-term focus is on food relief. To make a donation, click here.

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