Free Run Elim Reserve 2009
Our Flagstone Free Run has been described as the most “technical” of our wines. Technical it may be, but as with all great wine, it has to start in the vineyard. We've sourced most of our cool climate grapes from the southern most tip of Africa – a small ward called Elim.
While Sauvignon Blanc can be grown virtually everywhere, there are very few places that can produce a Sauvignon Blanc of stunning quality. This illusive essence is largely determined by where the vines are planted, the soil type, slope, aspect and the mesoclimate that influences the vineyard.
As the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards of Elgin reach a balanced maturity we have been picking exceptional quality from there. For the 2011 vintage two Free Run Sauvignon Blancs will be produced and separately labeled – a 100% Elim wine and an Elim and Elgin Blend.
Juice that runs freely from the press
The wine is made from the juice that runs freely from the press to produce an exceptional crisp, fresh and lingering quality in the wine. It ages magnificently and the best vintages can be enjoyed 10 years from bottling.
Creating a top class Sauvignon Blanc is a very technical process and requires precise and careful handling throughout in achieving a balanced, crisp white wine. What we're chasing is an ethereal aroma and long, lingering, yummy flavours.
Fanatical attention to flavour retention
We treat the fruit with fanatical care to retain as much of the natural, zesty, floral freshness as possible. Once our grapes are softly destemmed they are gently transferred into a skin contact tank named Rebecca. This overnight skin contact imbues them with intense flavour and aroma. From here the grapes are pumped into a press. As they enter the press, some of the juice runs through the drain of the press naturally – this is the freerun juice. We use lots of inert gas to chase oxygen away at every stage. It is mostly this juice, with ultra low levels of phenolic substances that we use in our Free Run Sauvignon Blanc.
This risky method means we are able to capture the ethereal essence and zing of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. We use a traditional stirring of the lees once fermentation has finished to craft a succulent, mouth-watering, balanced and above all, drinkable wine.
What’s in a Name?
The name Free Run comes from the method of using only the first, free-flowing, free run juice to make this wine.
We’ve selected an ancient Celtic symbol representing the cycles and seasons of life to emblazon our bottle as, at this level of Flagstone, we really want wines to represent the climate and our passing interaction with our environment. Each season of Sauvignon is a cycle of nature within the Flagstone brand, capturing the nuances of life, love and friendship.
In the glass the wine shows a clean and brilliant pale, almost colourless liquid with a hint of limey greenness around the rim. It is so clear; the intense, complex nose comes as a bit of a surprise. An upfront herbaceousness is followed by a bombardment of green pepper, fig leaves, passion fruit, star fruit and limey aromas, ending with a distinctive, bright flintiness. This is an expression of the excellent climate and soil on which these grapes were grown. The complexity of the nose is expressed on the palate giving this wine a full, crisp and lively mouth-feel, with an after taste that lingers.
Love For Free Run Elim Reserve 2009
- Commended 2015 IWC
- 4.5 Stars 2014 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
- Bronze 2014 IWC
- Silver 2014 Decanter Awards
- Silver 2014 IWSC
- 4.5 Stars 2013 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
- Silver 2013 Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition
- Double Gold 2013 Veritas
- Silver 2013 Michelangelo International Wine Awards
- Commended 2013 IWC
- Gold 2012 International Wine Challenge Catavinum
- Bronze 2012 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
- Bronze 2012 IWC
- Commended 2012 IWC
- Silver 2012 Decanter Awards
- Gold (Elgin Reserve) 2012 Veritas
- Silver (Elim Reserve) 2012 Veritas
- Diamond 2012 Winemakers Choice Awards
- Commended 2011 IWC
- 4 Stars 2011 John Platter Wine Guide
- Silver 2011 IWSC
- Gold 2011 International Wine Challenge Catavinum
- Gold 2010 Veritas
- 2010 SAA Wine Selection
- Bronze 2010 Decanter Awards
- Silver 2010 Sommelier Wine Awards
- Bronze 2010 IWSC
- Bronze 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
- 4 Stars 2009 WINE Magazine
- Bronze 2009 Veritas
- Double Gold 2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards
- Grand Prix Runner Up Trophy 2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards
- Top 10 2009 Bartho Eksteen Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Competition
- Silver 2009 Decanter Awards
- Bronze 2009 IWSC
- Gold 2008 Michelangelo International Wine Awards
- Bronze 2008 Decanter Awards
- Silver Best in Class 2008 IWSC
- 2007 SAA Wine Selection
- 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Our Sauvignon Blanc Free Run’s full mouthfeel and roundness tends to pair well with foods that offer a certain amount of zest, combining particularly well with veal lemone and grilled calamari. Also try it with steamed asparagus and an extra-tart home-made chive mayonnaise, a spaghetti vongole, an avocado soup or an herbed risotto.
Sunny afternoons idling on the deck of a west coast beach house.
- Alcohol 14%
- Residual Sugar 2.2 g/l
- Total Acid 6 g/l
- pH 3.33