Benchmark for variety in SA, ex Voor Paardeberg grapes. 2017 refined, intense and generous. Overt yellow stone fruit, citrus and touch of sesame. Still tight, and a year or so extra will benefit an already majestic wine. It was our 2018 White Wine of the Year. Hennie Coetzee, Platter’s Wine Guide.
Ben’s notes: A great sequel to the world beating 2015. Truly wonderful on a warm spring afternoon with new season asparagus. It’s one of the few grape varieties that works well with this vegetable.
These grapes are sourced from our neighbours vineyard at 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. A very limited crop due to the drought, leading to concentration of flavour and intensity.
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. Fermented in seasoned tight grain French Oak Allier hogsheads, partial un-inoculated fermentation has given the palate a savoury dimension but the fruit is still vividly expressed. Barrel aged for eight months before bottling.
Alcohol : 13.4 %vol
Total Acidity : 6.4 g/l
pH : 3.35
RS : 3.55 g/l