Win­ter Reds with Flag­stone Wines

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Win­ter is com­ing … while this may be a for­bid­ding re­mark for Game Of Thrones

fans, it her­alds a sea­son of block­buster red wines for Flag­stone lovers.

Here is what is hot when the tem­per­a­ture is not:

Mu­sic Room Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon

Our first em­bod­i­ment of tip­ple magic is the ob­vi­ous Win­ter favourite, Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon. A bold va­ri­etal best rep­re­sented by our Mu­sic Room. This wine is an ex­quis­ite ar­range­ment of flavours and aro­mas from three spec­tac­u­larly po­si­tioned vine­yards.

This deep, dense pur­ple wine has Sum­mer fruits; cas­sis; fen­nel; mint; dark, bit­ter choco­late; and the faintest hint of basil on the nose, all wrapped up in se­ri­ous, warm toasty oak. The palate is all about chunky, chewy, mag­i­cally in­te­grated tan­nin. This re­ward­ing mouth­feel is com­ple­mented by con­cen­trated flavours of young­berry, cas­sis, blue­berry, wild mint, and choco­late. The great length of this Caber­net will pair har­mo­niously with rich, ro­bust dishes.

Mu­sic Room is named after the ded­i­ca­tion, truth, and love that is re­quired dur­ing the cre­ative process to pro­duce some­thing re­mark­able. It is also about hav­ing fun and not tak­ing our­selves too se­ri­ously, which is where the magic hap­pens. Dark Horse Shi­raz

There is noth­ing like the char­ac­ter you get from a good bot­tle of Shi­raz, a punch of flavour up front, fol­lowed by a spicy af­ter­taste. It is a phe­nom­e­nal ex­pe­ri­ence and the full-bod­ied, fruit­for­ward, bal­anced red of Dark Horse is no ex­cep­tion. The wine has a dark, rich plummy colour go­ing over to a pur­ple rim. The nose is filled with ripe black­cur­rants and mul­berry, sup­ported by sub­tle spicy un­der­tones of cin­na­mon and cloves.

The com­plex­ity on the nose flows over to the pal­let. The wine is big and round on en­try with smooth and silky tan­nins that show well. Flavours of ripe mul­berry and rich dark choco­late linger on the palate to­gether with flavours of sweet spice and toasted oak. This wine sings with lamb chops and stews or any­thing off the grill.

Dark Horse is a big, bram­bly mouth­ful with el­e­gance and com­plex­ity, es­sen­tially the most in­ter­est­ing guest at the din­ner ta­ble. Writer’s Block Pino­tage

Our pol­ished and el­e­gant sin­gle vine­yard Pino­tage is an ab­so­lute ex­pres­sion of the mag­i­cal Waai­hoek Moun­tains, above the sweep­ing Breedek­loof Val­ley. We have named it Writer’s Block after its ori­gin and its won­der­ful abil­ity to free cre­ativ­ity.

This is a deep, in­cred­i­bly dark pur­ple Pino­tage, with lively bright pur­ple edges of in­tense, con­cen­trated aro­mas of wild blue­berry, mul­berry, and ripe cherry sup­ported by smoky, spicy dark choco­late un­der­tones. On the palate the wine is ripe and gen­er­ous with a core of wild black berry, pre­served plum, and young­berry. These fruit char­ac­ter­is­tics are sup­ported by sub­tle toasty oak, hints of white truf­fle, dark choco­late, and thyme.

Drink­ing this wine is an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence. It is ver­sa­tile enough to pair with a wide spec­trum of dishes from oys­ters to game to spicy Mid­dle Eastern cui­sine, but Writer’s Block is also an ac­com­plished mo­ment pair­ing. See what it un­locks for you.

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