The Cluvers and the Jacks are two farming families living in the Western Cape of South Africa.
The Cluver family own De Rust Farm in Elgin and have done so for five generations. Pioneers of community upliftment, they grow delicious apples and top quality grapes, which under the Paul Cluver label, make some of South Africa’s best wines.
The Jacks farm on Appelsdrift Farm in the Overberg Highlands. They grow organic vegetables, make organic olive oil and craft individual wines under The Drift Farm label.
Bruce Jack’s great-grandfather was one of the first to plant cider apple trees in South Africa.
The Cluver & Jack ciders are made in the Paul Cluver Winery, using a generations-old Jack family methodology.
Paul Cluver and Bruce Jack have been friends for many years and continue to play pivotal roles in the South African wine industry. They have long-planned to craft a very special cider and so revive old family traditions.
This cider is a wholesome reflection of De Rust farm. It is crafted with obsessive attention to detail, from the way the orchards are farmed to how the fresh-pressed juice is patiently crafted into cider. The focus is on crisp, refreshing balance and natural, fresh apple flavours. It is much dryer than high volume, commercial ciders and pairs well with food, just like a good champagne would. This cider is crafted to last and will develop beautifully in the bottle for at least five years, gaining subtle complexity as it ages. We suggest you put some away in your cellar, if you can resist not drinking it all up immediately.
Visit the Cluver & Jack website.