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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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South Africa’s Most Highly Rated Wines – 2019 Classification

To have several of our wines featured in the mostly highly rated wines of the Cape over the past 10 years is a huge accolade for us, an achievement that reflects the collective effort of this wonderful Flagstone Team.

Achiving a consistent level of excellence takes time, dedication and passion, elements that Flagstone hold as cornerstones to a fanatical winemaking process.

South Africa’s Top 100 Most Highly Rated Wines – 2019 Classification are those wines with the best track records involving numerous vintages in over 30 local and international forums for the assessment of wine quality and interest value between 2009 and 2018 (inclusive) as celebrated in the annual South African Wine & Cellar Classifications.

To be eligible for the Classification, updated annually since 2004, wines must have earned good to excellent reviews for at least three vintages during the 10-year period under review. The focus is on the country’s leading outfits, those regularly on top form, their wines judged top-notch again and again, year after year. The critics include experts appointed for the Decanter World Wine Awards (UK), the International Wine Challenge (UK) and IWSC (UK), Platter’s SA Wine Guide (5 Stars and Highly Recommended), the Six Nations Wine Challenge (AU), the Trophy Wine Show (SA), the Veritas Awards (SA) and the Michelangelo awards (SA)

The SA Wine Classification and SA Cellar Classification are based on the top ratings and awards from experts on the world’s most respected panels of judges as regards the assessment of wine quality and interest value. This involves reviews by knowledgeable wine lovers who conduct their assessments in a ‘blind tasting’ environment, i.e. with the names of the wines and their producers withheld so as not to influence the jury either positively or negatively in terms of brand status or perceptions.

The Classifications take into account ratings and awards presented during the previous 10 years, whereby eligibility for selection requires at least three vintages of a wine to receive a good review by at least one of the top panels during that period. Depending on the number of vintages for which the leading wines receive top accolades, the number of good ratings as well as how glowing the reviews are, the very best track records in various categories are highlighted in showcasing which of South Africa’s wines and cellars are most highly fancied most often.

Flagstone Wines achieving a Top 100 South African Wines – 2019 Classification:

Top 10 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Flagstone Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon

Top 10 White Blends

  • Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Top 10 Pinotage

  • Flagstone Writers Block Pinotage

Top 10 Shiraz

  • Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz

2019 Top SA Wine Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame recognises the South African wines that stand out as having received top accolades – gold medal standard or better – from the top tasting panels locally and/or internationally for at least eight vintages within a 10-year span of vintages rated during the past 10 years (2009 to 2018).

Flagstone Wines in the 2019 Hall of Fame:

  • Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
  • Flagstone Writers Block Pinotage
  • Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz


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Top Wine SA

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