21/05/06 – Flagstone (South Africa) Fish Hoek Rose 2005

Flagstone (South Africa) Fish Hoek Rose 2005
It’s that time of year when every wine column is recommending rose, and the wine shop shelves are a sea of pink. But there’s no doubt that the renaissance of rose has not just been on a whim of fashion, but on some extremely good wines. This is a perfect example from Jack Bruce of Flagstone wines, one of my favourite South African producers. An unusual blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Pinotage and 13% Shiraz, it has a beautiful pomegranate colour and a nose just brimming with rose-hip and cherry, and soft, elegant summer berry fruits. Served well-chilled, the palate has a burst of ripe, fresh fruit that floods across the tongue, with a decisive but very nicely integrated acidity and any hint of creamy fruit sweetness tempered by its dry, savoury finish. 5.99, Oddbins