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The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2021


The marquis wine from The Foundry and a multiple Platter’s 5 Star winner.

The grapes are sourced from a vineyard next to The Foundry’s home farm in Voor Paardeberg and managed by Chris Williams. Grown on Malmesbury shale and decomposed granite, these trellised vines allow us to precisely manage the canopy to enhance fruit, complexity and balance.

Hand harvested and cooled overnight, this was whole-bunch pressed to restrain phenolics, yet was fermented with a high percentage of solids to give breadth and definition to the palate. 55 % was fermented in seasoned tight grain French oak Allier and Compiègne hogsheads and 45% of the wine in 500 and 1000 liter terracotta clay doliums preserving the crystalline purity and minerality of the wine before bottling after 7 months elevage on lees.

The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2021 has lifted floral aromas with hints of lemon cream and white stone fruit and an ethereal crushed rock minerality. The palate is linear and focused with clean grapefruit and quince fruit flavours, minerally mid palate with characteristic rich, fleshy mouthfeel and texture and has a long finish with a pleasant lingering pithiness.

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This label was established in 2001, Chris made the first vintage at Joostenberg Wines in an old farm workshop that became affectionately known as “The Foundry”. He made a single Stellenbosch Syrah in that first year and has slowly added wines over the next decade and a half to end up with five wines in the range. Up until 2019 the wines were made at Meerlust where Chris was also the head winemaker. As of vintage 2020 he has moved fulltime into The Foundry, based on the Voor-Paardeberg next to the Grenache Blanc vineyard.







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