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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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Flagstone - Awards, Challenges and Competitions

It's been a busy spring in our trophy cabinet. It's a time when all those relentless hours during harvest and wine making come to glittering fruition and remind us that skill, care and fanaticism are all worth it.

Our young wines have done fantastically well this year with a slew of national class winners, a national champion and a Michael Phelps like haul of gold and silver medals. The Michelangelo Awards heaped praise on Word of Mouth Pinotage awarding it the only platinum medal for Pinotage in the competition. Our single varietal reds followed suit with Music Room, Dark Horse and the Dragon Tree blend all collecting medals.

October sees us searching for space on bottles to add a new tally of accolades to our wines.

The 2015 Veritas Awards

The 25th annual Veritas Awards saw 1 763 wines and brandies entered into the 2015 competition, including some from cellars outside South Africa. Sauvignon blanc (229 entries)  was the largest class followed by Shiraz (167 entries) and Cabernet Sauvignon (132 entries). A total of 57 double gold, 157 gold, 473 silver and 662 bronze medals were awarded.

Flagstone’s Veritas Award winners:

  • Gold - Writers Block 2013
  • Gold  - Music Room 2013
  • Silver - Word Of Mouth 2013
  • Silver - Treaty Tree Sauv/Sem 2014
  • Silver - Treaty Tree Cab/Mer 2013
  • Silver - Free Run 2014
  • Silver - Dragon Tree 2013
  • Silver - Dark Horse 2013

The 2015 Ultra Value Wine Challenge

Buybetterwine and Ultra Liquors announced a 2015 value based wine challenge. A competition that places the wine consumer first. The competition is open to wines that retail for less than R100 a bottle incl. VAT.

Entries are scored based on quality, a value formula is then applied to uplift the score based on price, converting the score to a final value out of 100 points. 

Flagstone’s Ultra Value Wine Challenge winners

  • Silver - Treaty Tree Cab/Merlot 2013
  • Silver - Dragon Tree Cape Blend 2013
  • Silver - Truth Tree Pinotage 2014

The 2015 International Wines and Spirit Competition

The aim of the IWSC is to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide. Now in its 46th year, the IWSC receives entries from nearly 90 countries worldwide.  

The Competition has the support of many of the world’s top wine and spirit producers, setting the international benchmark for quality. The unique combination of detailed technical analysis and specialist judging panels means that gaining an IWSC ‘Competition Award’ is an exceptional achievement.

Flagstone’s 2015 International Wines and Spirit Competition winners

  • Silver - Writer's Block Pinotage 2013
  • Silver - Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Silver - Dark Horse Shiraz 2011 museum class
  • Silver - Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Silver - Truth Tree Pinotage 2014
  • Silver - Longitude red blend 2014
  • Silver outstanding - Dragon Tree Cape Blend 2013

Tim Atkin SA Report 2015 results

South Africa, with its diverse terroirs, old vines and pure winemaking talent, is one of the most dynamic and exciting winemaking countries in the New World. Tim Atkin is a British Master of Wine, and an award-winning wine journalist, broadcaster and commentator. He is also a judge of several international wine competitions and a photographer.

Tim’s 2015 South Africa Special Report is a comprehensive 150 page guide to South Africa wine and wine makers and can be ordered here.

Flagstone Wines making an appearance in Tim Atkin’s SA report for 2015, scored out of 100

  • 90 points - Time Manner Place 2012
  • 90 points - Treaty Tree Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon 2014
  • 91 points - Writer's Block Pinotage 2013 


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