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  August is Women’s month in South Africa and for Flagstone Wines, the month of August is a celebration of their multi-award winning Shiraz – The Dark Horse. I can still remember the very first time I received a gift from Flagstone Wines, it was August 2018 after I had received a couple of accolades for my business Shweshwekini. I was awarded with their award winning wine – The Dark Horse, Shiraz 2014. I fell in love with this wine and decided to age it. What fascinated me was their story and how they pay so much attention to creativity and detail to their craft. Reading their story felt a lot like reading about my creative process. They pay attention to detail, they take their time with the wines and give them names inspired by South Africa, the winelands and the people (a total brand alignment).   ABOUT FLAGSTONE WINES: Flagstone Winery stems from the “Old Dynamite” factory which was transformed into  a working winery back in 2002. Flagstone is a winemaker driven business, rather than a marketing driven one. This means that they put 100% of their focus behind the making of the wine. ABOUT THE DARK HORSE SHIRAZ 2016 When you buy a bottle of Dark Horse, you can be sure that its made from hand-picked delicious grapes in the quiet early morning. The fermentation of these grapes takes place in open top fermenters using ancient wine crafting methods. This ensures delicious, age worthy wine with a silky structure and a brooding, mysterious nature, capable of surprising you with its power and energy – a real Dark Horse. Flagstone believes that great wines require deep, intense dedication to the land, empathy for the vine and a love for grapes. Which is why they farm in a balanced and environmentally friendly way that ensures that the grapes received fanatical attention throughout the winecrafting process. The reluctant aromas and flavours reflect this passion for authenticity and integrity. Colour: Dark, rich, plummy Bouquet: Concentrated dark fruits, white pepper, dark chocolate and a hint of mint introduce an intriguing wine on the nose. Palate:  Silky smooth tannins complements the hedonistic, rich,ripe,fruit flavours. Food: Kudu fillet with couscous and a red wine reduction.   I had mine over a Braai this past weekend and it was the perfect combination that sealed my last August weekend for 2020. Some of the awards collected by the Dark Horse :
  • Michelangelo Int Wine Awards 2019
  • Tim Atkin SA Report 2019
  • Winemag – Shiraz Report 2019
  • SA Shiraz Challenge 2019
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2019
  • Platter Wine Guide 2019
  • Veritas Wine Awards 2018
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2018
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018
  • Veritas Wine Awards 2018
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Awards 2018
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 2 2018
  • Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
  • SAWI multi year status – track over 5 years – 2018
  • Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2018
  • Platter Wine Guide 2018
  • Veritas Wine Awards 2017
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2017
  • SA Sommerlier’s Selection 2017
  • Platter Wine Guide 2017
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2016
I believe I have found my match in a bottle. This is truly the type of wine you open for a celebration or a special occasion and take your time with it.

The Dark Horse is our touchstone, our mantra, our moving target, our other name, our dreams reflected.




My name is Mapitso. Thanks for stopping by. I'm based in South Africa and this blog is where I share all the things I love about travel, entrepreneurship and education. I hope you'll visit again.


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