Ultimate Xmas Gift Guide – Flagstone Velvet

Giving wine as a gift can be a nerve-racking experience, so many choices to pair with individual preference. Wine is a gift than can illicit a huge amount of joy because so much care and consideration is required to find that perfect bottle, the one that lights up a face, and at the same time manages to express something personal about your relationship.

Flagstone has a particularly special bottle of wine that reflects craftsmanship, care and creativity, a wine that’s an authentic consideration of provenance and a skilful representation of character. Made from three vineyards in different cool-climate regions, Velvet Blend is a decadent expression of Shiraz, Mourvedre and Viognier.

Alluring top notes of cinnamon and spice above a concentration of intense dark red berries cloaking the dark, ripe aroma of soft black plums. The velvety smooth tannins court a burst of red berry and cherry on the palate followed by an intriguing hint of smooth dark chocolate.

Velvet also looks the part, housed in a plush purple gift box it’s a luxurious present for a loved one. Just make sure Santa doesn’t spot it first, rumour has it he carries a corkscrew.

What Makes a Luxury Wine

Flagstone’s Velvet red blend is a harmony of authenticity and prestige. A commitment to a wine making tradition that continues to evolve but is still firmly anchored by a philosophy that speaks to fanatical dedication on a journey that cannot be hurried and where there are no short cuts.

“At Flagstone, we are committed to making honest, handcrafted wine that is an authentic reflection of its provenance. That means care at every touch point, from viticultural strategy for each of the vineyards we use to the creativity we employ once the grapes arrive at our winery. ” Comments Winemaker Gerhard Swart.

Our Velvet is made from three vineyards in different cool-climate regions that are chosen for their terroir. Two of these vineyards are high altitude whilst the third is in close proximity to the ocean in False Bay. This results in a fresh natural acidity and low pH that gives this wine longevity and will allow it to mature gracefully over the next 10-20 years if stored correctly.

This blend is a decadent expression of Shiraz, Mourvedre and Viognier with alluring top notes of cinnamon and spice above a decadent concentration of intense dark red berries that veil the dark, ripe aroma of soft black plums. The rich, velvety smooth tannins serenade a burst of red berry and cherry on the palate followed by an intriguing hint of smooth dark chocolate.

Flagstone’s Velvet is housed in a splendid purple gift box, designed to represent this luxurious expression of creativity.

Velvet Red Blend 2014

At Flagstone we aim to make wine that respects our 350 year old winemaking heritage, while always celebrating the magnificence of nature. We want to make gorgeous wines that stimulate your brain as much as they please your taste buds.

You know something interesting is about to happen when you peer into the deep ruby red colour of this wine. On the nose you encounter alluring top notes of cinnamon and spice. These dance above a decadent concentration of intense dark red berries like mulberry and blueberry.

Underlying this is the dark, ripe aroma of soft black plums. But nothing really prepares you for the velvety tannin, the flavour burst of red berry and cherry on the palate. You savour and swallow and you are rewarded with an intriguing, moreish hint of smooth dark chocolate.

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