Bruce Jack is one of a kind – a contagiously enthusiastic winemaker with degrees in English from St Andrews and in winemaking from Australia’s Roseworthy College. He was declared South Africa’s ‘Winemaker of the Year 2009’ and his Cape Town cellar, based in a former dynamite factory and 400 metres from the sea, scooped ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2008. Out hiking one weekend, Bruce ‘stumbled’ upon the vines for this pure Malbec and negotiated to buy the crop. Cooled by sea breezes, the grapes, you see, ripen slowly, developing pronounced aromatics. And thanks to Bruce’s gravity fed winery, the wine’s texture is velvety smooth. Crack open a bottle and enjoy its big spicy damson and bramble fruit with a large steak, hearty stews or moussaka.