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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Winter Reds with Flagstone Wines Posted on August 21 2018 by
Winter is coming… while this may be a forbidding remark for Game Of Thrones fans, it heralds a season of blockbuster red wines for Flagstone lovers.
Wine often mirrors our dress code, the warmer summer months pairing so well with brighter whites and light rosés, while winter calls for deeper, richer, layered wines. Here’s what’s hot when the temperature’s not:
Our first embodiment of tipple magic is the obvious winter favourite, Cabernet Sauvignon. A bold varietal best represented by our Music Room. This wine is an exquisite arrangement of flavours and aromas from three spectacularly positioned vineyards.
This deep, dense purple wine has summer fruits, cassis, fennel, mint, dark, bitter chocolate and the faintest hint of basil on the nose, all wrapped up in serious, warm toasty oak. The palate is all about chunky, chewy, magically integrated tannin. This rewarding mouth-feel is complemented by concentrated flavours of youngberry, cassis, blueberry, wild mint and chocolate. This Cabernet’s great length will pair harmoniously with rich, robust dishes.
Music Room is named after the dedication, truth and love that is required during the creative process to produce something remarkable, it is also about having fun and not taking ourselves too seriously, which is where the magic happens.
There’s nothing like the character you get from a bottle of Shiraz, a punch of flavour up front followed by a spicy after taste, it’s a phenomenal experience and Dark Horse’s full bodied, fruit-forward, balanced red is no exception. The wine has a dark, rich plummy colour going over to purple rim. The nose is filled with ripe blackcurrants and mulberry, supported by subtle spicy undertones of cinnamon and cloves.
The complexity on the nose flows over to the pallet. The wine is big and round on entry with smooth and silky tannins that show well. Flavours of ripe mulberry and rich dark chocolate linger on the palate together with flavours of sweet spice and toasted oak. This wine sings with lamb chops and stews or anything off the grill.
Dark Horse is a big, brambly mouthful with elegance and complexity, essentially the most interesting guest at the dinner table.
Our polished and elegant single vineyard Pinotage is an absolute expression of the magical Waaihoek Mountains, above the sweeping Breedekloof Valley. We’ve named it Writers Block after its origin and its wonderful ability to free creativity.
This is a deep, incredibly dark purple Pinotage, with lively bright purple edges with intense, concentrated aromas of wild blueberry, mulberry and ripe cherry supported by smoky, spicy dark chocolate undertones. On the palate the wine is ripe and generous with a core of wild black berry, preserved plum and youngberry. These fruit characteristics are supported by subtle toasty oak, hints of white truffle, dark chocolate and thyme.
Drinking this wine is an immersive experience, it’s versatile enough to pair with a wide spectrum of dishes from oysters to game to spicy Middle Eastern cuisine, but Writers Block is also an accomplished moment pairing, see what it unlocks for you.
Not for Sale To Persons Under The Age of 18. Accolade Wines supports the Responsible Use of Alcohol.
RSP: R247 per wine per bottle
Main Retailers Nationwide:
Flagstone Winery - De Beers Avenue, Somerset West, Cape Town (021 852 5052) Open 10am – 4pm