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The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc 2022 Wins Top Honors in South Africa

A resounding victory for South African wine maker, Bruce Jack (1987G)

The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc 2022 has clinched the prestigious Trophy for best Sauvignon Blanc in the country. Thank you to Bruce Jack (1987G) for sharing this news and sending us some more information about The Berrio project.

Two decades ago, Bruce Jack embarked on a pioneering viticultural journey with Francis Pratt, a renowned grape farmer in Elim, located near the southern tip of Africa. Their venture into this uncharted territory was driven by Bruce's unwavering belief in the potential of the region's unique soil composition. Dating back 330 million years to the collision of Antarctica and southern Africa during the formation of Gondwana, the area's soil is enriched with magnetite and other minerals. This distinctive geological heritage, coupled with the constant cold oceanic winds, contributes to the exceptional concentration and quality of grapes that thrive here, particularly in the production of Sauvignon Blanc.

"The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc has consistently garnered acclaim since its inception, earning double gold medals and a cult following among wine collectors,"

Bruce Jack proudly remarked.

"Our commitment to meticulous winemaking has always been at the core of our philosophy."

The journey of The Berrio has not been without its challenges. In 2008, Bruce Jack relinquished his share in the project to focus on leading South Africa's largest wine export brand and later served as Group Winemaker for Accolade, a global wine giant. However, Bruce's passion for The Berrio remained steadfast, and in 2018, he returned to helm the project, acquiring it from Francis Pratt in 2020. Simultaneously, Bruce invested in The Black Oystercatcher winery, adjacent to The Berrio's vineyards, where he oversees the winemaking process.

The 2022 vintage of The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc, only the second under Bruce's renewed stewardship, has swiftly ascended to the pinnacle of South African winemaking, reaffirming its place among the finest Sauvignon Blancs worldwide. Critics and connoisseurs alike have praised its depth, complexity, and remarkable aging potential.

Looking forward, Bruce Jack has ambitious plans for The Berrio, including expanding its portfolio with innovative blends like "The Weather Girl," a promising marriage of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

As South Africa's wine industry continues to evolve, the success of wines like this one stand as a testament to the enduring legacy of visionary craftsmanship in South African wine culture.

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