The Foundry Viognier, South Africa, Stellenbosch 2021
5 Stars- Platter's 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 wonderful project wine from one of the Cape’s super star winemakers. Fine, ripe peachy nose- dry (but not too dry) and clean on the palate, understated with gentle stone fruit and hints of acacia. Medium to full bodied but not remotely heavy, there is fine underlying acidity and a touch of salinity on the finish. A wine that really develops in the mouth
Grape: 100% Viognier