At Flagstone, the aim is to make wine that respects our 350-year-old winemaking heritage, while always celebrating the magnificence of nature. The team is inspired by our country, our people and our winelands. That’s why they give our wines special names. Bruce Jack, the founding winemaker’s grandmother, Elsie Fraser-Munn was a legendary music teacher and performer. In her Music Room, practice made perfect. Patience, dedication and attention to detail are similarly required to craft great Cabernet, the many medalled Flagstone Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. The music on the front label is a beautiful choral piece composed for Bruce’s grandmother by the renowned South African composer, Peter Klatzow.
Every year Gerard Swart and his team court disaster with the weather, leaving the grapes to hang long past when it is safe for grapes to be out and about. We just pray each day the next hot, dry, north wind isn’t going to blast it flat and shrivel the berries beyond recognition.
Excellent elevation in the cellar is practiced for the Flagstone Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, the grapes are chilled overnight and then the bunches sorted for the removal of what winemaker amusingly calls MOG – material other than grapes. Stalks, leaves and sunburnt or unripe berries are removed. Destalking and crushing then took place. The grapes rested in their juice for 4 – 5 days and then fermentation took place in French oak barrels.
Once pressed the wine was taken to French oak barrels for fermentation. Every barrel has its wine tasted at least three times during the maturation process to ensure that the best barrels make the final cut off. After the maturation, the wines are blended and the prepared for bottling.
It looks like
The Flagstone Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is bottled in a Bordeaux shaped bottle under natural cork closure. The classical label has an image of Peter Klatzow’s piece of choral music. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright and dark bloodplums at the core which pales out to ruby at the meniscus.
It smells like
Concentrated dark berries, cherries and blackcurrants. Crushed fennel seed, and sweet basil, all wrapped up in serious, warm, toasty oak.
It tastes like
The flavours echo the nose as this big wine enters. Delicious chunky tannins are perfectly integrated with the fullness of the wonderful fruit in the mid palate, brambles and mulberries and the thread of acidity going through to the long ending of this perfection of balance.
It’s good with
As a glass on its own at the end of the evening, it is so good. Like all Flagstone wines, they are food friendly. Nadia Graves, who lives and cooks in the Dordogne, a department in south western France. Her Grilled & Roasted Pork is so good with this wine. Click here for her recipe.
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