Flagstone Longitude 2017, with Alida Ryder’s Slow Braised Lamb Shanks, what a pair…

Flagstone Longitude 2017

A chronometer, when you are a sailor is one of the most important measurements you need to be able to determine your longitude. How many people sailed round the Cape of Good Hope not even realising it was there?

A Ship’s Chronometer

Dave Sobel’s book, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time recounts the story of John Harrison, an 18th century clockmaker, responsible for creating the first chronometer sufficiently accurate to be used to determine a ship’s longitude at sea.

Gerhard Swart – in a relaxed mood

Flagstone Longitude 2017 is a wine, the essence of which is in the blending. Gerhard Swart, the Flagstone wine maker wants it to be sappy and red and black berry fruity and easily accessible on entry. These flavours however must be accompanied by cashmere clad tannins and length of flavour. The price point is also important, and the wine sells at a very even-handed price. The Longitude succeeds in every way.

Newly arrived French Oak Barrels for Flagstone Wine Maturation

From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The building depicted on the label is the Time Ball Tower, which stands on the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. In olden times every ship’s captain kept a beady eye on the ball, which used to drop down the mast at exactly noon every day. He could then check the accuracy of his chronometer and be able to calculate Longitude more accurately at sea. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to a translucent ruby at the edges. The aromas are all about fresh red and black berries and ripe plums. On entry there is a lovely line of freshness which runs through the wine well into the aftertaste. The palate is one of generous fruit and there is a creamy cashew nut undertow, which I find very pleasant. Smooth, cashmere clad tannins, and a whisper of mocha.

Alida Ryder’s Slow Braised Lamb Shanks

A great glass on its own, when a bottle of red is called for. Do chill it for greater enjoyment, for about 30 minutes in an ice bucket is perfect. It is a food wine and will complement the Traditional Sunday Roast as well as it would a lovingly cooked mid-week supper dish. Alida Ryder’s Slow Braised Lamb Shanks are the most delicious partner to the Flagstone Longitude 2017. When I first saw this recipe, I had an uncontrollable call to action. Just look at that picture – that rich unctuous sauce. Click HERE for her recipe.

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