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Time for Reflection

When the first real rains soak the soil and the days close in around us, it’s the season for reflection. In this case I am reflecting on the last seven years – always an auspicious chunk of time.

Time for Reflection

IWC 2015 Tranche 2 Results

It's white gold for Flagstone at this year's IWC 2015 Tranche 2, we're pleased to considered by those in the know as among the world's best. 

IWC 2015 Tranche 2 Results

2015 Sommelier Wine Awards

The 2015 Sommelier Wine Awards results are out. See how Flagstone fared in this year's wine competition with a difference, judged by the on-trade, for the on-trade.

2015 Sommelier Wine Awards

Fiendishly Spectacular - Wine Wanderings with Flagstone

Fiendish Wine Quiz winner Liz Szwarc gets the the complete Flagstone immersion, escorted through vineyards, winery and tastings by winemakers Bruce Jack and Gerhard Swart. 

Fiendishly Spectacular - Wine Wanderings with Flagstone

Flagstone Wine Tasting Room Closed for Good Friday

Please note that our tasting room will be closed on Good Friday, the 3rd of April. We'll be open again the following day, serving wine and smiles. 

Flagstone Wine Tasting Room Closed for Good Friday

Flagstone 2015 Harvest Update

The brilliant summer weather has brought harvest forward a couple of weeks, so it's been a quick-paced start to 2015, mind you the festive season is never a really restful period for South African wineries.

Flagstone 2015 Harvest Update

Poetry In Tasting At The Rockwell

“Wine is bottled poetry.” So said the great 19th Century writer Robert Louis Stevenson, and the team at The Rockwell All Suite Hotel & Apartments couldn’t agree more.

Poetry In Tasting At The Rockwell

Photos of Flagstone’s New Tasting Room

We've made quite bit of fuss about our new tasting room, here's a peek at what you can expect. 

Photos of Flagstone’s New Tasting Room

2015 International Wine Challenge Results

Now in its 32nd year the International Wine Challenge (IWC) is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. 

2015 International Wine Challenge Results

Flagstone Tasting Room Closed For 1 Week

As we add the finishing touches to our new tasting room we need to close our current tasting room for 1 week from Wednesday 26 November reopening on Thursday 4th December 2014.

Flagstone Tasting Room Closed For 1 Week

R180 000 raised for the Cheetah Outreach Trust

Over the past 12 months Flagstone Wines has raised R180 000 for the Cheetah Outreach Trust.

R180 000 raised for the Cheetah Outreach Trust

Flagstone Wines Tasting Room Launch

We've renovated the Flagstone wine tasting room, launching on Saturday 6 December! To celebrate this launch we're having a 1 day sale on Flagstone, Fish Hoek and Kumala wines. 

Flagstone Wines Tasting Room Launch

South Africa’s Mystery Picnics

Flagstone Wines is South Africa's Mystery Picnics wine sponsor. Mystery Picnics is a new and exciting dedicated themed outdoor event is hosting the very first one in Joburg on the 29th Nov 3-10pm. The Mystery is in the location, details to be released to ticket holders in the last phase.

South Africa’s Mystery Picnics

2015 Platter’s Wine Guide Results

Flagstone’s consistent hard work and fastidious craftsmanship continues to reap rewards as our block buster wines mature into exceptional vintages.

2015 Platter’s Wine Guide Results

Are Platter Plaudits Too Plentiful?

The 2015 Platter Guide is now out, and with it the list of five star laureates. Ask most producers which of the various industry awards they would rather win, and a Platter five star is right up there with Nobel prizes and Angelina Jolie (or Brad Pitt — depending on your preferences) — as a blind date.

Are Platter Plaudits Too Plentiful?

Flagstone’s 5 Star Platter’s Wines 2015

Platter’s Wine Guide is widely considered the most comprehensive annual guide to South African wine. Last night the 2015 Platter’s Wine Guide 5-Star Wines were announced at The Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.

Flagstone’s 5 Star Platter’s Wines 2015

Winemaker Awards 2014

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate hosted the Wine-of-the-Month Club 2014 Winemaker Awards. Wines selected over the course of a year by the Club's 10 independent panellists for members of Wine-of-the-Month Club

Winemaker Awards 2014

Q&A: Bruce Jack of Accolade Wines

South African winemaker Bruce Jack gives an insight into his work for both a huge brand and the handcrafted Flagstone wines.

Q&A: Bruce Jack of Accolade Wines

Is Pinotage The New Popular?

The variety has long laboured under huge expectations of delivering what South Africa can claim to be its signature world beating classic red wine. Has it perhaps been pushed beyond the boundaries of what wine-drinkers want or like, irrespective of what promoters think it’s capable of? Wendy Toerien looks at the provenance of three of Classic Wine’s top-scoring Pinotages to gauge its current standing.

Is Pinotage The New Popular?

Flagstone Best Performer at Veritas Wine Awards 2014

Saturday October 4 saw the Flagstone winemaking team put in an outstanding performance to collect 9 medals and subsequently the Veritas Best Performer Award for a winery entering less than 10 wines.

Flagstone Best Performer at Veritas Wine Awards 2014


Contributors

Chief Winemaker Bruce Jack

Bruce Jack

A Capetonian whose curiosity and palate has taken him the length and breadth of the globe. Bruce completed his undergrad in Political Science and Literature at UCT and then read his Masters in Literature at St Andrew’s in Scotland. His subsequent winemaking degree came from the Roseworthy Campus at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Bruce is a pioneer, and in many respects a maverick, and what he brings to winemaking is an articulate opinion about his greatest passion.

Food Alchemist & Kitchen Cowboy Peter Goffe-Wood

Peter Goffe-Wood

Peter is on the judging panel for the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants in the World, as well as the Diners Club Wine list of the year. Born in London, he trained in South Africa and returned to work with some of Britain's top chefs in several award-winning London restaurants.

Back in South Africa, he helped to open the La Couronne Hotel & Winery (now Mont Rochelle) in Franschhoek. Conde Nast Traveller named it as one of the fifty most exciting restaurants in the world.

Peter has worked to develop some of the Cape’s best and busiest restaurants, including Blues, 95 Keerom Str, Balducci’s & Salt. GQ magazine took him on as food editor for eight years and he is a regular contributor to Men’s Health. Peter is author of Kitchen Cowboys and Blues Restaurant – the essence of Cape Town.

He featured alongside Ainsley Harriot on BBC Food’s Off the Menu and now appears as a judge on MasterChef SA.

Editor Andrew Arnott

Andrew Arnott

Andrew studied Literature and Sociology at UCT before setting off on a global trek that saw him working under the seas of the Caribbean, on the snow covered slopes of the Canadian Rockies and writing for a variety of financial and travel institutions. Now at home in Cape Town, Andrew’s passions for wine and writing are married on this blog.

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