TWO new proudly South African varietals are testament to South Africa’s 350-year-old wine making heritage that have award-winning expression in Flagstone’s Icon and Core Ranges.
Flagstone’s head winemaker, Gerhard Swart, holds an enduring belief that Chenin Blanc and Pinotage are remarkable varietals capable of producing exquisite South African wines. This conviction is realised in the Flagstone’s craftsmanship of these signature varietals at every price-point. Poetry is a lifestyle range of wine – food friendly, thought provoking wines that are delectably quaffable and great value for money.
Swart’s obsession with Pinotage is admired by the wine industry with gold medals and five-star ratings for Time Manner Place and Writer’s Block, the latter a persistent feature in the ABSA Top 10 Pinotage Awards. Flagstone’s 2018 Tributary Bush Vine Chenin Blanc is recognised as a 2019 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge wine. This prowess finds favour in the Poetry range where the 2019 vintages benefit from the accomplishments of the antecedent wines.
The Poetry range is about the essence of the grape – openly honest and precise, and meant to convey the pared-down aspect in the same way short poetic verses capture ideas. Poetry is romantic, poignant and it shows the compulsion of our heart, the engine of our ambition and the spirit of desire. It is the intimate connection of wine and creative composition and it is meant to stir us, at least briefly, to quiet moments of reflection.
FLAGSTONE POETRY PINOTAGE 2019: RSP R55
Colour: Bright ruby red
Bouquet: Mixture of ripe and juicy red fruit supported by subtle spicy notes.
Palate: Upfront red plum and fruitcake flavours. Well-integrated subtle oak provides a delicious lingering finish.
Food: This wine pairs harmoniously with beef fillet, BBQs, roasted vegetables and mature cheeses.
FLAGSTONE POETRY CHENIN BLANC 2019 RSP R55
Colour: Brilliant white gold.
Bouquet: Aromatic bouquet with a combination of ripe melon and stewed pear.
Palate: The wine offers refreshing green apple acidity combined with a touch of viscosity and explosion of pineapples. Creamy back palate supports the acidity.
Food: Perfect with mild to spicy rice dishes, chicken salads, sushi and white meats.
Annual membership to the Flagstone Wine Club is free; your only commitment is to buy 24 bottles of wine per year, at a discounted price.
Flagstone Winery is open 10am till 4pm, De Beers Avenue, Somerset West, telephone 021 852 5052.
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