Flagstone : Trust Your Taste


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 Fiona Pinot Noir a happy midweek match with Nic van Wyk’s Liver in Sour Sauce

"Gerhard Swart, the Winemaker at Flagstone Wines, has a knack of making wines which are so good with food – surely that is what wine is about? I don’t like Pinot Noir being called the ‘Heartbreak Grape’, but it is a tricky little blighter. Thin skinned, so not too intense in colour."

It also soaks up the soil, the climate, the talent of the winemaker. Most times you succeed which makes up for the occasional disappointment! The Flagstone Fiona Pinot Noir 2016 is the perfect example of a wine with which the Winemaker can fall in love. Named for Fiona Jack, Flagstone’s founder winemaker Bruce Jack’s sister who lives in New York who wanted Flagstone to make this style of wine. Elevated in the Flagstone Cellar with the usual care taken there by Gerhard and his team, the wine is elegant and so superbly structured.

It looks like
Bottled under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped bottle the Flagstone Fiona Pinot Noir 2016 has the usual slightly quirky Flagstone livery. In the glass, it is a gem bright translucent ruby at the core which pales out at the edges to a delicate garnet.

It smells like
Berries and cherries. Mulberries, Morello cherries. Fynbos herbs scrunched in your hand. Petrichor and fresh foraged mushrooms.

It tastes like
Complex and layered, plums, the foraged mushrooms again. There are notes of snappy dark chocolate, sweet brown spices. Wonderful flourish of an ending which does not go gently.

It’s good with
Chilled it makes a great glass on its own. Pinot Noir is the wine of Coq au Vin and Boeuf Bourguignon, so the Flagstone Fiona Pinot Noir 2016 can take full flavours. There are any number of traditional Sunday roast dishes this wine can accompany, though it does as well with a great midweek supper dish. Nic van Wyk’s Liver in a Sour Sauce is real nostalgia food for many South Africans.

Click here for his recipe

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