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Flagstone at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

The results from the 18th edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards have been released. The world’s largest wine competition saw its biggest year to date, with 18,094 wines tasted from 56 countries. Flagstone Scooped 7 medals at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards. 6 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze went to: Producer Wine name ...
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Flagstone Dark Horse 2017 in Shiraz SA Top 12

Shiraz SA has announced the winners of its ninth annual Shiraz Challenge. This is the 4th-time Flagstone’s Dark Horse Shiraz is featured in Shiraz SA’s Top 12. Our previous vintages include 2016, 2015 and 2013. The 12 Shiraz wines singled out for 2021 are: • Cederberg Shiraz 2018• Driehoek Syrah 2019• Koelfontein Shiraz 2019• Landskroon ...
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NATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE / TOP 100 SA WINE RESULTS 2021

The National Wine Challenge, incorporating Top 100 SA Wines, the premier fine-wine-only wine competition in SA, launches the industry’s first set of key results for 2021. Given the nature of Covid risks and protocols it was again not possible to host the annual celebratory awards fixture.  A strong line up of over six hundred fine wine ...
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Gerhard’s 2021 Flagstone Vintage Update – 14 April

We have completed the 2021 vintage for Flagstone! Every harvest is unique, navigating nature and, more recently, extraordinary circumstances around a global pandemic. The nine weeks, from picking our first grapes on the 1st of February to our final harvest on the 1st of April kept us on a knife-edge. The looming threat of a ...
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Gerhard’s 2021 Flagstone Vintage Update – 15 March

Harvest Greetings from The Flagstone Team. Eight weeks into the harvested and our bodies are starting to feel the cumulative strain of the long days. We’ve brought in 72% of our grapes now and as we begin week 8, with a little over a quarter of the harvest still to arrive, our spirits remain high. ...
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Gerhard’s 2021 Flagstone Vintage Update – 28 February

Since commencing our 2021 season on 1 February, we have harvested 150 tons of fruit, this is about 40% of this year’s crop. Almost all of our Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc is in the cellar with only a single load of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc still hanging on the vine. Next week ...
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Gerhard’s 2021 Flagstone Vintage Update – 4 February

The last 12 months have been an immensely challenging period for the South African wine industry and that is also true for Flagstone. We are very grateful that we are once again able to sell our delicious wines to our loyal followers. We thank each of you for helping us keep our doors open and, ...
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South African Wine Top 100, Hall of Fame 2021

The SA Wine & Cellar Classifications – updated annually since 2004 – are based on the top ratings and awards from the world’s most respected panels when it comes to the judging of wine quality and interest value. This involves reviews by knowledgeable wine lovers who conduct their assessments in a ‘blind tasting’ environment, i.e. ...
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15 Medals for Accolade at the 2020 Ultra Value Wine Challenge

The 2020 Ultra Value Wine Challenge received 320 entries. 73 won silver, 64 won gold, 23 wines won double gold and of these 10 were lauded as the most highly rated. The Ultra Value Wine Challenge focuses solely on consumer ‘best value’, assessing wines that cost less than R130 incl VAT per bottle. Quality winning ...
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Celebrating 21 Years of Beautiful Flagstone Wine

This month marks 21 years since the first Flagstone vintage was released. A remarkable journey from the innovative beginnings in the Cape Town Harbour, as South Africa’s first winery without its own estate, to the multi-award-winning winery that resides in Somerset West and boasts a library of 25 different wines. In the early days, Flagstone ...
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Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2020 Golds & Double Golds

The 2020 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards received a healthy 1565 entries. From that, a total of 615 awards are presented which includes a few new categories that include, Ready to Drink entries, Old Vine Wines and Innovative Packaging. Flagstone Wines is awarded a Double Gold and six Gold medals in this year’s competition, ...
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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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