Flagstone was set up in 1998 by Bruce Jack, whose quirky, creative and groundbreaking style has seen him acclaimed as South Africa’s key new generation winemaker. High priorities on the Flagstone agenda include fair trade, sustainable production and black economic empowerment.
Factor in the award-winning range of wines produced by Bruce and the team, and it’s not surprising that it’s just been announced as winery of the year in renowned wine guide Crush! 100 South African Wines to Drink Now.
Strange to think nowadays, but when Bruce decided to make wine in 1998, he didn’t actually have an estate to work on. Undeterred he set up a ”virtual winery” at the renowned Victoria and Alfred waterfront. He produced his first commercial vintage one year later and the company has since relocated to the Strand, just outside Cape Town.
In its new, real home, Flagstone is now the closest winery to the sea in South Africa. Housed in a former explosives factory, and with numerous awards and accolades to their name, Flagstone wines are decidedly dynamite too!
”In reality, the winemaker is the servant and the grape is the master. The vine will tell you when the grapes should be picked. You need to learn how to read the vine’s body language.” Bruce Jack
Although New World, in soil terms the vineyards of the Western Cape are Old World, which makes the wines distinctly different. Add in Bruce’s legendary skills and the end result is even more than the sum of the parts. At Flagstone the team are committed to making honest, real wine that is an authentic reflection of its provenance. They believe this is the only sustainable and honourable way, and with over a dozen different premium wines that all demand serious attention, it’s proof that the theory works.
A good place to start your Flagstone journey is with Free Run Sauvignon Blanc showing fig leaves, green pepper and star fruit – all detectable in the white.
And a red? The Dark Horse Shiraz offers overtones of white pepper, cigar box and dark fruit, and the Dragon Tree (Cabernet Sauvignon/Pinotage) blend delivers blackcurrant, cloves, toffee and even hints of chocolate too!