Posted on 29.01.21 Wine of the Week

Bruce Jack Shiraz Malbec and a good reason to buy South African wine

South Africa’s wine industry is in crisis. There’s an alcohol ban in the country – supposedly to reduce hospital admissions because of the Covid pandemic – meaning that livelihoods, along with tens of thousands of jobs, are under threat.

We can do precious little about the political situation, but, as the biggest export market, we can at least buy more of its wine – hardly a sacrifice.

One of the reasons South Africa’s wine is so popular here is that it delivers incredible quality at the price and this week’s choice is a case in point. Bruce Jack Shiraz Malbec 2019 (normally £7,  but £6 on promo until Valentine’s Day, at Tesco)  must be one of the cheapest wines I have featured, but it offers so much bang for your buck, with its ripe, succulent berries, dark chocolate cherry and subtle grind of pepper.

There’s another reason I chose this wine. Bruce Jack has written a powerful account of the crisis facing his industry for The Buyer (click here). It’s quite long, but he tells the story really well.

This wine would be lovely with a burger, a winter beef casserole or a meaty lasagne. More importantly, the act of buying it will make a small difference: if altruism was this easy, the world would be a better place.

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