Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Pork & Shallot Casserole with Sage & Mushrooms – 25.05.2017

Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Exciting wines coming from Flagstone with Gerhard Swart in charge of the winemaking team.  For me the Flagstone Wines are so food friendly, you can almost imagine different dishes while drinking them.

The Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is a unique Sauvignon Blanc made with grapes from the Elim and Elgin Wine appellations area. The wine has a small percentage of Semillon which adds to the wine, a gravitas, taming the capriciousness of the Sauvignon Blanc and adding to the fullness of the palate, a softness and helping with the longevity.

Gerhardt Swart, Flagstone Winemaker

In the cellar, Gerhard Swart and his team treat the grape with the greatest of care to retain as much of the natural, zesty, floral freshness as possible. Inert gas like carbon dioxide to prevent any oxygen contact. The use of only the free running juice before pressing gives the name to the wine. Batonnage or stirring of the lees, an ancient winemaking process creates a sappy, juice-making and most importantly a harmonious drinkable wine.

Sauvignon Blanc grapes ripening on the vine

It looks like
Bottled in a Bordeaux shaped bottle under screw cap.  The always attractive Flagstone livery is reminiscent of a Celtic piece of art reflecting founder Bruce Jack’s Scottish heritage. In the glass, it is a gem bright pale golden straw with lime green flashes.

It smells
Heady aromas of fynbos herbs, green bell peppers, sweet tropical limes and kiwi.

It tastes like
Generous palate of crisp star fruit, ripe piel de sapo melon. Wet river stones. Vibrant, zippy, full palate with a lovely tail.

Dianne Bibby’s Pork & shallot casserole with sage & mushrooms

Its good with
Sauvignon Blanc loves food though it works really well as a refreshing mid-morning glass or as an aperitif. I love pork and Dianne Bibby’s Pork and shallot casserole with sage & mushrooms is a great foil for this wine.  Click here for her recipe.

Dianne Bibby at work

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