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The Foundry

Grenache Blanc 2015

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Alwyn van der Merwe

Director of Investments

Over the past decade South African wine drinkers have become spoiled for choice with the wider variety of white wine cultivars on offer and the different styles with which they’re presented. Gone are the days where the options were either over-wooded chardonnays or very fruity and one-dimensional sauvignon blancs. In recent years, Southern Rhône and Loire Valley varieties – chenin blanc in particular – have come to the fore. An outstanding example of one of these less fruity yet extremely complex wines is The Foundry Grenache Blanc from the special 2015 vintage.

The Foundry’s grenache blanc grapes are sourced from a farm in Voor Paardeberg and grown on Malmesbury shale and decomposed granite. The vintage allows for the grapes to be harvested at modest sugar levels but at full flavour ripeness to ensure lower alcohol but brighter acidity and freshness.

This wine has lifted floral aromas with hints of lemon cream and white stone fruit. Despite being restrained and focused, the palate is rich and creamy, with pure fruit completing the experience. The wine is complex until the end, having a long finish with a citrus tang.

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