I like the name Word of Mouth. This was the way that for generations news was passed on. Then came the telephone, word of mouth went along on telephone party lines to such a degree that another name for our favourite dessert, a baked brown dessert became known as Telefoon Poeding. Which by the way would make a good partner to my wine of the day, Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2017. Gerhard Swart, Flagstone’s Chief Winemaker has hit the Viognier nail on the head here.
Respecting the Cape’s 350-year-old winemaking tradition the Flagstone philosophy is to make wines which not only tickles and satisfies your taste buds but gets you cerebrating as well. Word of mouth comes into play again as; this wine is so special that you will want to tell your friends about it!
Conveying this message through word of mouth carries its own ironic twist in that this white wine grape is somewhat of an articulatory challenge and its pronunciation often leaves people tongue tied. At first glance one’s not quite sure if this word should roll, bounce or pop off the tongue, so by naming our Viognier, “Word of Mouth” we make it that much easier to order off a menu.
It looks like
Bottled under screw cap in a Burgundy shaped bottle. Quirky label with Telephone lines running into the distance. In the glass, it is a gem bright white gold colour.
It smells like
White tropical flowers and ripe stone fruits.
It tastes like
A generosity of fruit with an undertow of brown spices. Good mouthfeel and mid palate richness. Lovely line of acidity runs through from entry to the long and gently waning aftertaste.
It’s good with
This is a food wine and will take as happily to a bowl of steaming mussels as it will to a Weber roasted belly of Pork with crispy crackling and a zippy sauce made from Granny Smith Apples. It also works well at snack time and Ina Paarman’s Masala Gatsby would make a happy Saturday lunch time with a glass of Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2017. Click here for her recipe.
Legend in her lifetime, South African Food Hero, Ina Paarman
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