Flagstone Time Manner Place Pinotage Reserve 2014, good with Ina Paarman’s Shin & Oxtail Beef Potjie

Flagstone Time Manner Place Pinotage Reserve 2014

Flagstone Time Manner Place Pinotage Reserve 2014 is a Prince of Wines. Flagstone Winemaker Gerhard Swart While respecting the 350-year-old winemaking heritage we have in the Cape. Selection after selection in the Flagstone Laboratory, the 225 litre barrels of wine are tasted often to sniffle and taste out the best barrels to make this truly sublime wine.  The grapes for the Flagstone Time Manner Place Pinotage Reserve 2014 come from what is described as “an exceptional single vineyard block high in the Waaihoek Mountains (700m above sea level), above the sweeping Breedekloof valley.” Exceptional elevation in the cellar by Gerhard and his team, using the South African grape Pinotage has led to a fine individual wine which show the best of the Breedekloof. Fermentation and maturation takes place in American oak barrels before the wine is prepared for bottling.

Pinotage in the hands of the harvester

It looks like
Elegantly packaged in an elegant box, the wine is bottled in a Bordeaux shaped bottle under a natural cork closure. In the glass, it is black purple like a blackberry at the core which pales out to a purple tinged ruby at the edges.

It smells like
A generosity of dark berries, mulberries, roadside brambles. Oak and its concomitant smoke and spice in supportive undertow.

It tastes like
From entry it is commanding. Full flavours of berries and plums in the mid palate. Cashmere clad tannins touch of coffee and dark chocolate all interwoven into a long and very satisfying aftertaste. Truly a special wine.

Ina Paarman’s Shin & Oxtail Beef Potjie

It’s good with
Flagstone Time Manner Place Pinotage Reserve 2014 is a good bottle on its own after dinner. Seriously good food partner, particularly the spicy South African dishes like Tomato Bredie, Lamb Potjie with dumplings, Boerewors off the braai and a mild fruity Cape Curry. Ina Paarman’s Shin & Oxtail Beef Potjie is just perfect for this wine. Click here for her recipe.

Ina Paarman, National Living Treasure

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