Flagstone Free Run Elim Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009

In the glass the wine shows a clean and brilliant pale, almost colourless liquid with a hint of limey greenness around the rim. It is so clear; the intense, complex nose comes as a bit of a surprise. An upfront herbaceousness is followed by a bombardment of green pepper, fig leaves, passion fruit, star fruit and limey aromas, ending with a distinctive, bright flintiness. This is an expression of the excellent climate and soil on which these grapes were grown. The complexity of the nose is expressed on the palate giving this wine a full, crisp and lively mouth-feel, with an after taste that lingers.

Our Sauvignon Blanc Free Run’s full mouthfeel and roundness tends to pair well with foods that offer a certain amount of zest, combining particularly well with veal lemone and grilled calamari. Also try it with steamed asparagus and an extra-tart home-made chive mayonnaise, a spaghetti vongole, an avocado soup or an herbed risotto. Sunny afternoons idling on the deck of a west coast beach house.

variety : Sauvignon Blanc | 100% Sauvignon Blanc
winery : Flagstone Winery
winemaker : Gerhard Swart
wine of origin : Elim
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 2.2 g/l  pH : 3.33  ta : 6.0 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

Our Flagstone Free Run has been described as the most “technical” of our wines. Technical it may be, but as with all great wine, it has to start in the vineyard. We've sourced most of our cool climate grapes from the southern most tip of Africa – a small ward called Elim.
Winemaker’s Notes
While Sauvignon Blanc can be grown virtually everywhere, there are very few places that can produce a Sauvignon Blanc of stunning quality. This illusive essence is largely determined by where the vines are planted, the soil type, slope, aspect and the mesoclimate that influences the vineyard.

As the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards of Elgin reach a balanced maturity we have been picking exceptional quality from there. For the 2011 vintage two Free Run Sauvignon Blancs will be produced and separately labeled – a 100% Elim wine and an Elim and Elgin Blend.

in the cellar : Juice that runs freely from the press
The wine is made from the juice that runs freely from the press to produce an exceptional crisp, fresh and lingering quality in the wine. It ages magnificently and the best vintages can be enjoyed 10 years from bottling.
Creating a top class Sauvignon Blanc is a very technical process and requires precise and careful handling throughout in achieving a balanced, crisp white wine. What we're chasing is an ethereal aroma and long, lingering, yummy flavours.

Fanatical attention to flavour retention
We treat the fruit with fanatical care to retain as much of the natural, zesty, floral freshness as possible. Once our grapes are softly destemmed they are gently transferred into a skin contact tank named Rebecca. This overnight skin contact imbues them with intense flavour and aroma. From here the grapes are pumped into a press. As they enter the press, some of the juice runs through the drain of the press naturally – this is the freerun juice. We use lots of inert gas to chase oxygen away at every stage. It is mostly this juice, with ultra low levels of phenolic substances that we use in our Free Run Sauvignon Blanc.
This risky method means we are able to capture the ethereal essence and zing of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. We use a traditional stirring of the lees once fermentation has finished to craft a succulent, mouth-watering, balanced and above all, drinkable wine.

What’s in a Name?
The name Free Run comes from the method of using only the first, free-flowing, free run juice to make this wine.
We’ve selected an ancient Celtic symbol representing the cycles and seasons of life to emblazon our bottle as, at this level of Flagstone, we really want wines to represent the climate and our passing interaction with our environment. Each season of Sauvignon is a cycle of nature within the Flagstone brand, capturing the nuances of life, love and friendship.

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