The Foundry Grenache Blanc , South Africa, Stellenbosch 2017
5 stars Platters Wine Guide
The Foundry was a project launched in 2000 by winemaker Chris Williams from the Meerlust estate and James Reid. To say it took off is an understatement, after its maiden year Syrah was awarded a 5 star rating in the John Platter Guide 2004, one of only 17 wines.
The Foundry works by sourcing grapes from across the Cape with their affiliated growers, with access to number of terroirs and parcels from which grapes can be selected according to the variety and the desired result. The Viognier however comes from a single vineyard near False Bay, with a cool maritime climate and frequent Atlantic breezes. Granite-clay loam soil restricts yields and allows the retention of acidity and aromas in the grapes.
The Foundry Grenache Blanc has floral aromas with hints of lemon cream and white stone fruit. The palate is rich but restrained with focused, pure fruit, minerally mid palate with characteristic rich, fleshy mouthfeel and texture and has a long finish with a citrus tang.”
Grape: 100% Grenache Blanc