Described as one of the most technical of the Flagstone Wines, it is the grapes that count in the long run. The grapes for the Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2017 come from Elim, a small wine appellation right down in the cool climate of Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of the African Continent. 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.
The grapes for the Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2017 are treated with the ultimate of respect. Once they reach the cellar, they are gently destemmed and taken to Rebecca, a skin contact tank. Overnight maceration adds so much to the aromas and flavours of the wine. The grapes are then taken to the press in an oxygen free atmosphere. Here the juice starts running off the grapes – this is known as the free run juice. Winemaker Gerhard Swart and his team capture the essence of the Sauvignon Blanc here – a risky business. Once the fermentation is over, they use a traditional stirring of the lees known as batonnage which assists in the making of a succulent, mouth-watering, balanced and above all, drinkable wine. The wine is then prepared for bottling.
The Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2017 from a green Bordeaux shape bottle, closed under screw cap. The label has an ancient Celtic symbol representing the cycles and seasons of life. Flagstone really want wines to represent the climate and a passing interaction with the 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, it is a pale straw with lime green flashes when held up to the light. The aromas are all green, bell peppers, scrunch fig leaves, granadilla, poached Cape gooseberries. These whiffs carry over to the palate where the wine is sappy and rich, good feeling in the mouth and crisp and fresh. Long aftertaste. Eminently drinkable now, though with cool cellaring will reward in 5 years’ time.
On the patio to refresh any time of the day. Perfect as a glass on its own and even better with food. Bright summery stuff with fish or smoked chicken or goat cheese. Justine Wall’s Breakfast Salad is a perfect partner to the Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2017. Of course, it is an any time salad. Click here for her recipe.
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