- South African Young Wine Show 2012 | Photo by T_Thomas_W
Chief Winemaker 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 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 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 Glitters at the 2012 South African Young Wine Show Posted on August 22 2012 by
Flagstone has a special affinity for the SA Young Wine show. We love the show on many levels, but in all honesty, it's probably because each year our Semillon wine claims the SA Champion Semillon title. This is the same Semillon we use in our top white wine repertoire, Treaty Tree, so a celebration of the infant product is a sign of great things to come.
This is the third year on the trot that we've held this trophy aloft, and we have aspirations for a forth, fifth, sixth… ok, one year at a time, but we are immensely proud of all the Flagstone staff for this continuing achievement.
The South African Young Wine Show is the county's oldest (dating back to 1833) and largest wine show, giving wine makers an opportunity to showcase their best wines of their current vintage. The show is made up of eight participating regions (Robertson, Worcester, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Oranje-Vaal, Olifants River, Swartland and Klein Karoo).
The mission of the South African Young Wine Show is to judge the quality of wines that are still in their infancy, i.e. within the year of production – and have some way to go before they are finally blended and bottled. In this way, the industry can give recognition to the production capabilities of a wine cellar. Very few of these wines are for sale or in their final form at the time of being judged.
[photo from winelands Flagstone's Gerhard Swart 2nd from right, bottom row]
Besides National Champion Semillon Trophy, Flagstone Winery received the following awards at the 2012 SA Young Wine Show:
- National class winner trophy for Unwooded Semillon
- National class winner for White blend - Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend
Stellenbosch region trophies:
- Other White wine trophy - Semillon
- White Blend trophy - Sauv Blanc/Semillon
- Best Overall white wine trophy - Semillon
- Best Shiraz Trophy
Congratulations to everyone at Flagstone who have added some more smiles and silverware to our winery.
Visit the official site of the 2012 SA Young Wine Show for more details