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 Is Most Listed Winery At The Sommeliers Selection 2017 Posted on August 08 2017 by
Flagstone Wines featured prominently in the 2017 Sommeliers Selection with wines winning awards across 3 categories.
The Sommeliers Selection Wine Competition is judged solely by top South African Sommeliers. With the growth of the food and wine industry in South Africa over the last 20 years, consumers are looking for experienced guidance when it comes to selecting wine, this competition does that.
Wines that are stylistically similar can stand alongside each other, even though they may be of different varietals, blends and pricing categories. The panel of sommeliers judges and chooses wines to match the award categories. Panel members blind taste the wines individually before discussing the wines and deciding if the wine fulfils the criteria to be placed on the Sommeliers Selection wine list.
At the annual feedback session the panel discusses the wines, what they look for in a perfect wine list and which wines impressed them with an emphasis on the importance of judging wines for ideal pairing with food.
Joakim Blackadder, a board member of The South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) chaired the 2017 Judging panel of Sommeliers, he had this to say:
Freshness, expression and elegance were attributes that stood out amongst this year’s winners at the Sommeliers Selection. The competition, now in its third year, has become one the most relevant and exciting competitions on the yearly calendar with its unique angle and approach. Lengthy and passionate discussions took place between the experienced sommeliers on the panel pertaining to the wines age worthiness, suitability to food, and the overall value for money. At the end, all wines awarded and selected for the wine list was ratified by one final re-tasting by the chair and the two heads of panel. The resulting selection of awarded wines are truly some of the best in the country, and something we can all proudly stand behind. Bravo!
After tasting nearly 400 wines the panel awarded Flagstone Wines the most listings in the 2017 Sommeliers Selection, featuring our wines in the following categories:
Dragon Tree Cape Blend 2014
Truth Tree Pinotage 2016
Elegant and Classy
Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2016
Voluptuous & Rich
Dark Horse Shiraz 2014
[Flagstone Winemaker Gerhard Swart with Hartenberg and Boplaas award winners]
Joakim Blackadder was supported by members of SASA and BLACC, namely: Pearl Oliver, Joseph Dafana, Billet, Magaia, Barry Scholfield (Panel Chair), Esme Groenewald, and Spencer Fondaumiere (Panel Chair)
The Trainee Judges are: Melusi Magadhi and Minnie Mthombeni.
Public Tasting will be taking places on Wednesday 28 September in Johannesburg, and Thursday 5 October in Cape Town.
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