I chose this wine to be one of my Christmas Day 2007 wines. I liked the look of it, the blend sounded interesting and it was quite expensive at £10 for Supermarket “plonk”.
Flagstone (terrible website design!) are a South African vineyard who have just been bought by wine monolith Constellation Brands (who own Kumala, the biggest selling South African brand in the UK). They must be doing something right then.
I liked the bottle and the name so I looked up on the Flagstone website where the name came from:
The wine takes its name from a Dragon Tree given to the Port Captain of Cape Town, by a passing ship’s captain over 100 years ago which grows above our barrel maturation cellar. Originally from the Canary Islands this tree has blood red sap. Legend tells of a wicked Dragon who sat at the Pillars of Hercules and blasted ships with lashings of fire as they sailed past. Eventually she was mortally wounded and flew forlornly off to sea to die. Only where her blood landed on earth (on a few remote islands and around the edge of the Mediterranean) do Dragon Trees grow.
The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 49%, Pinotage 21%, Merlot 10%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Shiraz 6% and Petit Verdot 4%. For those of you who have never heard of the Cabernet Franc variety before, it’s what was crossed with Sauvignon Blanc to create one of the world’s most famous varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon. Now, that’s a wine fact!
First of all, this is a wine for food. The majority of the blend is made up of thick skinned tannin rich grapes so you can expect that harshness which goes so well with food. The other grapes in the blend give it a lovely smoothness though to go with it. My wine notes say…
Yum! What a great wine! Rich tannins mixed with smooth Merlot-like plummyness (is that a word)?? Nice.
Yes, this was a lovely wine, it went really well with our Christmas goose. I’ve had a second bottle since (as the wine consumption on Christmas day was quite high) and enjoyed it again. I’m not sure how to rate this though. It’s a lovely wine bordering on 5 stars but the price is quite high so I think it’ll have to be rated 4 stars (but with a note saying if you can pick up a bottle for ~£7.50 or less then this is a MUST BUY).
Flagstone Dragon Tree 2005
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Petit Verdot
Guide Price: <£9.99 in-store (Tesco) or £9.49 per half case online (Tesco)
I bought this wine at: Tesco’s (instore)
ITs Food Rating: Four stars