30 September 2020

WoTM - Flagstone Time.Manner.Place Pinotage 2012

My Wine of the Month for September is Flagstone Time.Manner.Place Pinotage 2012 W.O. Breedekloof

This was the only bottle I have had, or even seen, of this iconic wine, which I bought at the winery. When the the wine was launched in 2012 with the 2010 vintage, Flagstone owner Bruce Jack told The Drinks Busines

“My aim is to make the best wine in the world from Pinotage

 This won’t be a wine we produce every year, only in years we deem good enough.” 

At eight years old, this wine was exquisite with great quality and finesse. 

Time.Manner.Place comes from the same Silkbush Mountain Vineyard in the Breede River Valley, roughly midway between Worcester and Tulbagh as Flagstone's Writers Block. 

The Pinotage is planted at the highest point of the farm, 730 metres on the upper corner of the hillside.(arrowed in above picture) Mountains rise steeply beyond; one of them is Sybasberg which translates as Silkbush Mountain and gives its name to the farm. 

Grapes were berry selected by hand and fermented in new barrels, the cap manually pushed down every four hours. The final wine is the result of a barrel selection.

Bruce Jack wrote this haiku about pressing the wine:

Universal light
Pressed into dark purple wine
Reflect far-flung stars

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