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The Foundry Syrah 2020


The first Syrah from The Foundry home farm in the Voor Paardeberg planted in 2002. The vineyard is planted on low vigour, well drained, granitic origin soils with clay subsoil on a southerly slope.

These mature vines are naturally low-yielding. All damaged or unripe grapes were removed before harvest. The fruit was uniformly ripe and was picked on the basis of analysis, taste and vine physiology.

The grapes were partially destemmed and crushed directly into custom made 5 ton stainless steel fermenters. Approximately 40% of the bunches remained whole.

The cap was manually punched down twice a day at the beginning of fermentation and then pumped over for the remaining 3 days.

At the end of fermentation the wine was pressed and the wine aged in 70% seasoned French Allier and Compiègne barrels, and 30% in terracotta clay eggs and doliums.

The wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation in oak and clay vessels.

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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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