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Flagstone Longitude

2012 On the nose there is an explosion of plums and dark berries. Spicy undertones and hints of crushed cashew nuts and fresh mint gives this wine dimension. The palate is all about silky tannins and length. Bright flavors of plum and berries combined with the subtle tannins, makes this a smooth wine on the palate. It finishes with unexpected power and an explosion of chocolate that lingers.
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$28.00 / Bottle   $336.00 / Case
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Flagstone is a winemaker-driven wine business, rather than a marketing-led business. They first do what is right for the grapes and the wine and only then worry about how to sell the gorgeous stuff. Flagstone has been sourcing grapes from their five core vineyards for over 8 years. Viticultural strategies are specifically tailored to individual varieties and vineyard parameters. The natural environment in which the vines grow and bear fruit play a huge role in the style and quality of the resultant wine and they go to great lengths to study and know everything they can about that environment. This includes careful soil analysis, and an on-going study of climate parameters. As a company, they are totally committed to their world-leading “Integrated Production of Wine” (IPW) scheme and their “Biodiversity in Wine Initiative” (BWI).

Longitude is uniquely South African in character, making it both complex, accessible and intriguing. Ancient soils and equable, warm climate happily conspire to grow soft-structured, juicy red wines that taste different from the rest of the world.

Dave Sobel's book, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time recounts the story of John Harrison, an 18th century clockmaker, responsible for creating the first chronometer sufficiently accurate to be used to determine a ship's longitude at sea. Longitude is Flagstone's way finder wine, a place where people enter the quirky world of Flagstone. The wine is a blend of 50% Shiraz, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Malbec.