Bruce Jack launches £65 Pinotage

26th September, 2012 by Lucy Shaw

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.

One Response to “Bruce Jack launches £65 Pinotage”

  1. BRAVO, Bruce, Flagstone, and Anton for eight consecutive years of mutual efforts that have paid off!

    Dave Jefferson, MD, Silkbush Mountain Vineyards

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

ViVAS Wine - Category Development Manager

ViVAS
Harlow and Stowmarket or Salisbury, UK

Fine Wine Logistics Coordinator

IG Wines
London, GB

Brand Ambassador East Coast USA - Ableforth’s

Maverick Drinks
New York - field-based, USA

Brand Ambassador West Coast USA - Ableforth’s

Maverick Drinks
San Francisco / Los Angeles - field-based, USA

Global Travel Retail Manager

Maverick Drinks
London, UK

Portfolio Ambassador - Europe

Maverick Drinks
North West Europe - field-based, UK

Senior Partner Manager - Grocery

Maverick Drinks
London/Field Based, UK

Sales Executive

Woolf Sung Ltd
London

Trade Marketing Manager - Maverick Drinks

Maverick Drinks
London / Kent

Business Development Executive Central London

William Grant & Sons UK
London

The City Wine Show

London,United Kingdom
22nd Sep 2017

Almaviva 2015 Vintage and Vertical Tasting

London,United Kingdom
28th Sep 2017

TFWA World Exhibition & Conference

Cannes,France
1st Oct 2017
Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Deadline : 29th September 2017

The Global Riesling Masters 2017

Deadline : 29th September 2017

Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more