Gerhard Swart, Winemaker at Flagstone Winery, in the old industrial building in Somerset West in the area we knew as the Dynamite Factory. Respecting our 350 year old winemaking heritage, expressing each vintage and simply making sensational wines which are wonderfully food friendly and thought provoking. The Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve 2016, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon is just such a wine. It is so ready for drinking now and yet if allowed to rest under ideal circumstances, could keep on keeping on for anything up to ten years after the vintage. The 73% Sauvignon Blanc gives the lifted notes and the ethereal aromas, the 27% Semillon helps the wine keep fresh for many years.
The Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve 2016 is named after Cape Town’s ancient Treaty Tree still standing in the Table Bay suburb of Woodstock. In 1509 this wind-sculptured Milkwood witnessed the massacre by local Khoi San of 64 of d’Almeidas infamous, battle-hardened Portuguese marines, who had foolishly abducted a Khoi San baby and attempted to take the infant back to their ships waiting in Table Bay. Then in 1806 a Peace Treaty was signed beneath its boughs after the British forces defeated the Batavian Republic at the Battle of Blaauwberg.
Gerhard and his team have blended this wine to be layered and complex, very drinkable.
It looks like
Bottled under screw cap to retain freshness, in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with an illustration of the Treaty Tree on the label. In the glass, it is a pale golden straw with flashes of light lime green.
It smells like
Whiffs of fresh asparagus, a fynbos herbaceousness, poached Cape gooseberries and piel de sapo melon. A grind of white pepper and brown spice in undertow.
It tastes like
Creamy. Citrus fruits. 35% of the blend having been matured in matured in oak for 6 months, the oak and its concomitant spices support the brilliant fruit. Many layers of flavours revealing themselves as you get down into the glass.
It’s good with
A good glass for pre-prandial sipping and philosophical conversation. As I said, it is a food wine, and fish or seafoods are its natural partners. Sashimi, Ceviche, or even a side of snoek on the braai generously brushed with grape jam or Moskonfyt. Ina Paarman’s Oven Baked Snoek is a perfect partner for this wine. Click here for her recipe.
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