Once again, as with all their other wines, Flagstone Wines added their magic touch in the cellar and released an alluringly delicious interpretation of Viognier, a delicate varietal with a history to match. Have you heard? It’s called Word of Mouth Viognier 2018.
Sometimes I feel as if every bottle of wine and every grape varietal has been claimed as my favourite at some point in my life. In fact, I have many, many favourites, each depending on mood, environment and situation. To say that Viognier is another of those self-professed favourites is just a bit of an understatement. Always on the hunt for a stunning single varietal Viognier, I was truly ecstatic when Flagstone sent me a bottle of their newly released Word of Mouth Viognier 2018.
They say it’s a great food wine. They say it’s floral, with an excellent balance that awakens the appetite. I say I’m childishly excited. I simply couldn’t wait to pair it up.
Viognier was first planted in South Africa in 1997 and Flagstone Wines have been making it since 2001. 2008 was the first time they felt confident they had produced a Viognier worth bottling on its own.
“When we craft our Word of Mouth Viognier, our aim is to express the cultivars exotic and perfumy aromas. Each decision we make is a consideration grounded in experience and complemented by creativity. Each step, from picking and pressing the grapes, to tank fermentation and barrel selection is a deliberation in order to produce a wine that is both elegant and powerful.” ~ Gerhard Swart
Word of mouth is one of the most effective ways to spread news and share a discovery, it’s how Viognier’s revival spread, and it’s how they would like Flagstone’s Viognier to become more widely known. A wine of such exciting substance that you can’t help but tell your friends about it (press release).
Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2018
Let’s just take a minute to appreciate the labeling on this bottle. Awarded with a coveted Best White Wine Award at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, everything about this bottle is elegant.
Tasting notes: Aromas of melon, peaches and apricots with a hint of jasmine and sweet pea. Summer fruit aromas follow through on the palate with a hint of spiciness. Medium-bodied with a fresh acidity and lingering aftertaste.
In the vineyard: 100% Viognier
In the cellar: 30% barrel fermented in 40% new French oak for 6 months.
Cellar door price: approx. R120 a bottle. Available from Norman Goodfellows and the Flagstone Cellar Door in Somerset, including their online website: www.flagstonewines.com
Cellaring potential: Enjoy now or keep for another 3 years.
The Little Hedonist’s food pairing suggestion: A bold, daring and dapper wine, yet delicate and fragrantly layered, I wanted to show it’s versatility when it comes to food.
I paired this wine with a few things – first of all with a classic boerewors, braai’ed over a camelthorn fire, served with sticky, caramelised red onions. I also called to the table a rustic home-made bread, steaming hot and deliciously yeasty.
But then, the pièce de résistance – the dish that was elevated by the Word of Mouth Viognier to completely new levels: a roasted butternut and baby spinach salad, served with generous chunks of creamy feta and a butternut seed brittle.
With the Viognier as fruity and creamy as the honeyed chunks of roast butternut, this pairing is simply sublime. Add in the pop of green and the texture of the feta and brittle, and it’s something to sing love songs about. Feel free to add some slivers of roast chicken or steak into your salad if you’re feeling a bit more than peckish.
I think the Viognier did wonders for the herby spice of the boerewors, echoeing the sweeter braised onion notes in the relish. Also a simple indulgence with hunks of crispy, dense bread.
In general, Viognier pairs well with spicy dishes and especially sweeter vegetables. It loves all types of cheese, hard or soft, as well as most meats, including chicken, veal, pork. Not forgetting seafood – it eagerly laps up the garlicky goodness of a pot of mussels.
Everything they said about this wine was true, and I’ll tell you a bit more than what you’ve heard. If you’re looking for something different; something exceptional, something award-winning or something simply impressive, invest in a bottle or two of Word of Mouth Viognier. Spread the word around the dinner table; let it be a conversation starter, whisper its name in the ears of those who enjoy wine. Whatever you do, make sure it includes Word of Mouth Viognier 2018.
Thank you so much, Team Flagstone, for sharing the love with me through this gorgeous bottle!
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