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Dragon Tree Selected as 2020 Perold Absa Cape Blend finalist

There is immense anticipation among wine enthusiasts as this year’s Perold Absa Cape Blend finalists are announced. Since its inception in 2011 , this competition has grown in stature with wine producers embracing the opportunity to create uniquely South African red  blends with Pinotage as its key component. This wine category has increased its relevance ...
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Flagstone Wine is 100% Vegan

It’s perfectly reasonable to think that wine is inherently vegan. After all, the delicious stuff is made from pressing and fermenting grapes. But, like the magician who doesn’t reveal a trick, wine labels tend not to elaborate on the ingredients that go into the production. Once the magic of fermentation has occurred, natural by-products in ...
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Gerhard’s Update from the Winery

While the winter allowed the vineyards to rest, the same can’t be said for our Winemaking Team, who are in full production mode. We have just completed the tasting, blending and preparation for bottling of these wines: 2020 Word of Mouth Viognier 2020 Free Run Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc Reserve (blending this week) 2020 ...
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Ancient Trees: Flagstone’s Treaty Tree

Ancient trees are important, living connections to our past. They have been neglected, loved, ignored, pampered, forgotten or worshipped. These trees have survived trauma, disease and the elements. Like our elders, they have a story to tell and the more the tree has witnessed, the grander its story. Cape Town has such a tree; a ...
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Prescient Pinotage Report 2020

Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (also called Hermitage, hence the contraction), was first engineered by Stellenbosch University’s Professor Abraham Perold in 1925. The first commercial bottling was released in 1961, namely the SFW’s 1959 Lanzerac Pinotage. Today, Pinotage is the seventh most widely planted variety in South Africa, making up 7.2% of ...
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Flagstone’s Dark Horse Shiraz Can’t Be Locked Down

The 12 winners of the Shiraz SA Challenge 2020 were announced on Thursday, July 30 in a virtual awards ceremony hosted by Shiraz SA.  The glitzy event took place online for 2020, “Sadly we could not go ahead with the traditional tasting of finalists, luncheon and announcement of the winners and the online affair was ...
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Gerhard’s Harvest Report June 2020

Vineyards We are now entering the rest phase, a dormancy period, for the vines as the soil becomes colder and the leaves have fallen. After harvest, vines begin to build up reserves of carbohydrates that are stored in the root and trunk of the vine. We support the vines to build-up carbohydrate stores through post-harvest ...
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We Are All Born Creative!

When we named Writer’s Block, we needed a creative solution to delineating this single block wine during a period when South Africa’s laws prevented single-vineyard designation on bottles. A single block is special because it is a pure expression of that corner of the world for a particular year. It is a description of time, ...
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To All Our Dear Flagstone Friends

A message from our Head Winemaker, Gerhard Swart, to all of our friends, families, fans and followers.
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Flagstone’s Harvest Race Against Lockdown

Although every harvest is unique, the 2020 harvest will go down as an unprecedented challenge. Besides all the environmental factors that usually throw up a bloom of curveballs, the looming lockdown put an uncompromising deadline on our work. This shaved two weeks off our usual harvest time and with 40% of our grapes arriving in the space of two weeks ...
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Everyone Loves a Good Comeback Story

Legend has it that Viognier is an ancient grape originating in Dalamatia (present-day Croatia) and was brought to the Rhone Valley during the Roman occupation. One legend states that the Roman emperor Probus brought the vine to the region in 281 AD; another has the grape packaged with Syrah on a cargo ship navigating the ...
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Gerhard Swart’s Flagstone 2020 Harvest Update

This week we picked the old bush vine Chenin Blanc for our Tributary wine as well as the last of this year’s Chenin that is specifically reserved for a new Flagstone Icon wine. This year’s Chenin is good quality and the grapes have ripened with lower sugar levels that will result in slightly lower alcohol ...
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Introducing Flagstone’s Refreshed Website

With this new iteration of the Flagstone website bears some exciting new fruit, most prominent is our online ordering and e-commerce functions. This means Flagstone’s bottles of joy can be easily delivered to your doorstep with just a few key-strokes. We’ve also invested significant time under-the-hood to improve your browsing experience, addressing speed issues and ...
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Flagstone’s 2020 Harvest Begins

It has been an interesting start to the 2020 vintage, budding and flowering were earlier than usual and so the harvest began ripening about 7 to 10 days earlier than last year.  We planned to pick our first load of grapes, Chardonnay, from the coastal region, on Monday 20 January, after a blisteringly hot week. ...
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Flagstone Wines Wins the Platter’s Pinotage Wine of The Year Award

In the 2020 edition, a total of 125 wines and one brandy achieved the coveted 5-star (95+ point) rating. The 5-star accolade is reserved for wines that are “South African classics” and score 95 points or more on the internationally recognised 100-point scale. We are proud to announce Flagstone Wines is the winner of the ...
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Time Manner Place – Flagstone’s Ethereal Salute to South African Vinification

Simply put, Flagstone’s Time Manner Place is Pinotage decadence. A result of obsessive winemaking and characterised by its ravishing fruit, this premium expression of South Africa’s signature variety glitters with 5-star Platters’ Awards. When Flagstone decided to make one of the most sublime wines in the world an exceptional single vineyard block high in the ...
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Flagstone – A History of Enchanting Wines and Evocative Journeys

Wine is the marriage of nature and human imagination. Mother Nature provides the grapes but it is flashes of inspiration and creativity that transforms them into fabulous, captivating wines. Every bottle of Flagstone wine is handcrafted, and so too is the label, enchanting wine fans with an evocative journey through poetry and literature, history and ...
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Veritas Awards 2019

The results of the 29th annual Veritas Awards were announced on the 12th of October. As the longest running and biggest competition in South Africa, the Veritas Awards has earned its reputation as one of South Africa’s most authoritative and credible competitions for market ready wines and is backed by a stringent judging system. The ...
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Accolade’s Ultra Value Awarded at the 2019 Ultra Value Wine Awards

Ultra Value Wines is the definitive list of affordable, delicious wines now available in South Africa. The fantastic line up of winning wines from the 2019 Ultra Value Wine Challenge will offer consumers a splendid range of fine choices. Best of all, they will be affordable!  Wines will retail for under R150 per bottle. When ...
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October 12 is Pinotage Day and we have Pinotage Specials

We celebrate this Pinotage Day, the 12th October with a discount of 25% off all our Pinotage wines. Valid for one day only from our Cellar Door at the Flagstone Winery. Visit our wine section to find one that suits your taste!
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2019 Michelangelo Awards

This year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards attracted over 2 000 entries judged by 24 international and six South African wine and spirits experts, representing 22 countries. Lorraine Immelman, founder of the Michelangelo Awards says the judges were unanimous in their view that South Africa was making the finest wines in its history, complemented ...
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A Technical Unravelling of the Young Wine Show Champion

The coveted General Smuts Trophy for the best wine at the SA Young Wine show was won by Flagstone Winery in Somerset West for their 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (unwooded). This was the fifth time in the competition’s 187-year existence (the oldest of its kind in the world) that a Sauvignon Blanc wine won the General ...
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Wines of Personality and Complexity

As part of the world’s fifth largest wine company, Accolade Wines, and producing at least 21 different wines from 15 different vineyards, one might expect Flagstone Wines to be blandly commercial, but a recent tasting with winemaker Gerhard Swart reveals wines of personality and complexity. Flagstone was one of South Africa’s first wineries with no ...
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Poetry In Motion

Flagstone introduces Pinotage and Chenin Blanc varietals to the 2019 vintage of the Poetry Range. These two new proudly South African varietals are testament to South Africa’s 350-year-old wine making heritage that have award winning expression in Flagstone’s Icon and Core Ranges. Flagstone’s Head Winemaker, Gerhard Swart, holds an enduring belief that Chenin Blanc and ...
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Flagstone’s Tributary Bush Vine Chenin Blanc Wins Top 10 Award

The winners of the 2019 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge have been revealed! Chenin is believed to have originated around 500 years ago, being the offspring of two French white grapes, Savagnin and Sauvignonasse. While previously grown almost exclusively in South Africa and in France, it is now cultivated in 23 countries and ...
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Flagstone Sauvignon Blanc Crowned As Best SA Young Wine

The South African Young Wine Show, dating back to 1833, gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase the best wines of the current vintage. This year Flagstone’s un-wooded Sauvignon Blanc claimed the competition’s most coveted General Smuts Trophy as 2019’s Best SA Young Wine. This is the second time Flagstone has achieved top honours as overall ...
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Free Run Women’s Month

Women’s Month is an occasion to champion the advancement of women. We are blessed with many phenomenal women in South Africa whose bold presence and progress continues to help shape our country. It is with high esteem that we raise a glass of Free Run to all the wonderful women of South Africa. Inspired by ...
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2019 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards National Winners

The Novare South African Terroir Wine Awards is the brainchild of Marius Labuschagne, renowned wine writer and marketeer from Durbanville. The competition was created to define the various terroir types of the Cape. Terroir has been the ‘buzzword’ among wine aficionados for several years now. The basic concept is to discover wines that best reflect ...
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Heldeberg Ocean Awareness Movement- Beach Clean Up

Flagstone’s Head Winemaker, Gerhard Swart, took some time out of crafting beautiful wine to join The Helderberg Ocean Awareness Movement (HOAM) beach clean-up at the Helderberg Marine Protected Area (MPA), at the far west end of Strand Beach. Busamed Private Hospital brought along “Buddy” the dolphin to instill a fun message of marine conservation in ...
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Longitude – Find Your Way

At Flagstone we foster creativity, knowing that moments of brilliance, cradled by tenacious work, result in genius. Longitude is an affirmation of that ingenuity, inventively demonstrated by the 18th century clockmaker, John Harrison, who created the first chronometer sufficiently accurate to be used to determine a ship’s longitude at sea. Finding longitude proved an elusive ...
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