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Flagstone Paradigm Chenin Blanc 2023

Paarl WO

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  • 4.5 Stars, Platter's South African Wine Guide, 2023

Gerhard Swarts is the talented winemaker at Flagstone, with a good number of Trophies under his belt. He loves the Chenin Blanc grape, so wanted to showcase it in this supreme, old-vine, barrel and lees-aged white. Intense fruit and creamy spice.

Gerhard Swarts is the talented winemaker at Flagstone, with a good number of Trophies under his belt. He loves the Chenin Blanc grape, so wanted to showcase it in this supreme, old-vine, barrel and lees-aged white. Intense fruit and creamy spice.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Creamy ripe peach, intense citrus, toasty spice

Aroma

Ripe peach, nectarine, pineapple hint, citrus

Allergy information

Contains sulphites

Flagstone Paradigm Chenin Blanc 2023

More information

  • 13.5% ABV
  • 10.13 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 1 December, 2028
  • Vegan

Gerhard Swarts took over as head winemaker at the Flagstone winery from the flamboyant Bruce Jack in 2008. Since then, he’s won some of South Africa’s most coveted Trophies. Bruce called him “the best winemaker I’ve ever met”, which is high praise from a winemaker who’s pretty cool himself. Gerhard loves Chenin and was keen to show just how majestic a wine can be. Here he’s lavished plentiful TLC, employing methods usually reserved for fancy Burgundies. All the grapes are from a single vineyard in Paarl, planted in 1979, bush vines (not trellised), that are dry farmed (ie never irrigated), so flavour is immensely concentrated. Half barrel-fermented and all lees stirred, the wine has intense peach and citrus fruit with luscious creamy spice.

"A cool classic. Flavours of preserved lemons and nectarine with a sweeping mineral acidity" Decanter magazine
For the 2020 vintage
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