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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’s Ultra Value Wine Challenge Results Posted on September 27 2018 by
Ultra Value Wine Challenge awards the very best wines the retail for under R100 a bottle, we're always pleased to be seen as a brand that exhibits great value.
Value describes the intersection between quality and price and as Robin von Holdt writes,
"Wine lovers throughout South Africa are in for a treat! The compelling fact is that this competition produces a set of practical results: They mean a huge amount to real people; wine lovers not keen to splurge big money on their daily enjoyment. The brilliant wines identified taste great and they are remarkably affordable! They offer delicious, balanced flavours with lovely fruit and body.
Most importantly, they cost less than R100 per bottle!
The industry enthusiasm and support for this main-stream and compelling price category competition is both terrifically exciting and hugely pleasing. Wine drinkers remain loyal and they are dead-keen to maintain their lifestyles despite tough economic times. So price is key, and the Ultra Value Challenge supports this fully and practically.
The value sector remains a critical arena in which to offer great quality locally. Wonderfully enjoyable, value-for-money wines, see both vineyards and consumers in a win-win result!"
"It has to be said that judges were really positive about the wine quality in 2018. The wines felt lighter on their feet and in better balance than in prior years. The use of oak was more subtle and there was demonstrably less overt extraction.
Vintages 2017 and 2018 yielded delicious wines with fine concentration and very good typicity. There was a sense of better viticultural practices taking place and perhaps less interventions in the cellars. It was easier to recognise a fine wine and it was less work to do so. It is the first time that so many wines at this price point have shown the class the judges generally experienced. This a substantive and significant statement to make about our wine industry…at its lowest price points!"
Flagstone returned with a Double Gold Medal, 2 Gold Medals and 3 Silver Medals for our wines entered. The newly decorated bottles are:
Double Gold: Flagstone Poetry Chardonnay 2018 92/100
Gold: Flagstone Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 86/100
Gold: Flagstone Longitude dry red blend 2016 85/100
Silver: Flagstone Poetry Sauvignon Blanc 2017 84/100
Silver: Flagstone Noon Gun dry white 2017 84/100
Silver: Flagstone Poetry Cinsault Rosé 2018 79/100