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Writer's Block Pinotage 2020 - Flagstone


  Cape Town, South Africa
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Complexity that is hard to forget!


Why do we love it?

How does the idea of trying an African Pinotage, produced inside an explosives factory, sound to you? If we've already piqued your interest, wait until you hear the rest...because the wine is a bomb!

Writer's Block Pinotage - Flagstone is one of Flagstone Winery's most premium wines and has rightly claimed countless awards as it lacks nothing! The special growing conditions of the grapes and the strict philosophy of the winemakers give a rich and unique character to the wine. Flagstone operated as a winery in 2002, because until then it was an explosives factory! It is located in South Africa and has only five, but very strictly selected vineyards, in the best parts of the region, which voluntarily participate in the IPW (Integrated Production of Wine) sustainable agriculture and BWI (Biodiversity in Wine Initiative) program! Their quality? Undeniable!

The grapes for Writer's Block Pinotage - Flagstone come from a vineyard located at the highest point of the Waaihoek Hills. There the effect of the altitude gives the wine a characteristic and pleasantly high acidity. The soils are granite and shale and the roots in their effort to find food deep in the soil, make the plants very durable. After fermentation, it remains for 24 months in barrels of moderate burning and right there, it acquires a huge volume and complexity, which when you try it is hard to forget!









Tastes Like

In the glass, it is intense ruby. The nose has high aromatic intensity and impressive complexity with red and black fruits, blueberries, strawberries, forest fruits and cranberries, dark chocolate, mocha, and subtle vanilla.

In the mouth, it has intensity and depth, full body, high acidity, and high tannins, very well integrated. It is completed with a long and pleasant aftertaste.

Technical stuff
Color Red
Type Dry
Year 2020
Alcohol 14.5%
Origin Cape Town, South Africa
Variety Pinotage
Aromas Red and black fruits, blueberry, strawberry, forest fruits, cranberry, dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla
Bottle Size 750ml
Barrique 24 months
Serving temperature 18°C
Aging 5 years
Closure Cork
Organic No



It craves beef tenderloin, but quenches the spicy burn of any Indian and spicy food!

Roast beef with spices and red wine sauce

  • 2 tbsps. of peppercorns
  • 2 tbsps. of black or white mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsps. of fennel seeds
  • 1.5 kilos of beef fillet
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of wholegrain or English (preferably gluten-free) mustard
  • 3 coarsely chopped red onions along with the peels
  • A pinch of thyme

For the sauce:


  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 with 2 tsps of corn flour
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 3-4 tbsp red currant jelly
  • 400ml red wine

Two days ago, grind the pepper and the mustard and fennel seeds using a mortar. Brush the fillet with mustard and then roll it to freshly ground pepper. Cover with cling film and place it in the fridge.

Two hours before you start cooking, take the meat out of the refrigerator to reach room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 180C. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and cook the meat until it gets a beautiful brown color. Use onions in the casserole as the base and place the meat on top of them. Bake for 20 minutes for medium or 35 minutes for a well-done beef.

Remove the beef from the casserole and place it on a platter covered with foil for 30 minutes to keep it warm. Put the casserole on the heat and along with the onions and meat juices, add the corn flour and the beef stock cubes. Stir the jelly and gradually pour the wine while stirring. Simmer until the liquid is reduced. Strain the sauce and remove the onions. Slice the beef, flavor it with thyme and serve with the red wine sauce.



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