The Noon Gun canon stands on Signal Hill above the town centre in Cape Town, known in South Africa as The Mother City. Its daily firing is South Africa’s oldest official tradition.
Flagstone’s unpretentious blend of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, is fondly referred to as, ‘Mom’s Plonk’ and delivers balanced drinkability year in and year out. "My mother told me it was OK if I wanted to be the Mozart of Merlot or the Salvador Dali of Sauvignon Blanc, as long as I also made a wine for her which was unpretentious and all about balanced drinkability. Although we called the project Noon Gun, my mom always referred to this blend as “Mom’s Plonk” (Bruce Jack, winemaker)
Flagstone blend what they believe to be the three best white varieties growing in South Africa - Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. The Chenin Blanc grapes are from quite old, gnarly, dry-grown vineyards in the Swartland. They are naturally in balance and yield a very small, concentrated crop. This gives amazing structure and creaminess to the wine. The Sauvignon Blanc loves the mineral rich soil and cool sea breezes and offers zesty zing with passionfruit and fig flavours with a long, refreshing finish. These grapes hail from various coastal vineyards, including Elim, Elgin and as far north as Lutzville. The Viognier adds an inviting fruity/floral nose and lots of ripe citrus flavours on the palate. They source their Viognier from both warm and cool climates to get both the heady, spicy flavours and enticing floral aromas.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel and has no oak contact.
Noon Gun has a bright straw colour. Its bouquet is intriguing - it has a floral nose of guava, orange zest and apple. The smooth, balanced palate offers honeydew melon with slices of paw-paw, a touch of orange peel, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The fruitiness is balanced by a creamy mouth feel and a zesty crisp lingering finish.