Legend has it that Viognier is an ancient grape originating in Dalmatia (present-day Croatia) and was brought to the Rhone Valley during the Roman occupation. Viognier was first planted in South Africa in 1997 and Flagstone Wines been making it since 2001. 2008 was the first time the company felt confident it had produced a Viognier worth bottling on its own. This restrained, floral wine with excellent balance, called Word of Mouth, won the Best White Wine Award at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show! And great value at R120.00 a bottle.
“When we craft our Word of Mouth Viognier our aim is to express the cultivars exotic and perfumy aromas. Each decision we make is a consideration grounded in experience and complemented by creativity. Each step, from picking and pressing the grapes, to tank fermentation and barrel selection is a deliberation in order to produce a wine that is both elegant and powerful.” ~ Gerhard Swart, Flagstone’s Award Winning Winemaker.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is classic quirky Flagstone. I must confess to being a Viognier fan – big time. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw in colour. The whiffs are all lovely soft dried apricots and Elberta peaches with a slice of green melon. Lovely floral undertow of white flowers. From entry there is a golden thread of zippy acidity through a full and generous mid palate, with sweet brown spices accompanying the long and generous aftertaste.
The Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2018 is made for food. Serve it chilled with well prepared delicately spiced chicken or fish dishes. Great with a Caesar Salad with large shards of smoked mackerel. Alida Ryder’s Gorgonzola & Pear Risotto with Candied Pears is a great match. Click here for her recipe.
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