You get the feeling that everybody involved with Foundation Stone 2011 from Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek was trying too hard. The label is by Stellenbosch design studio Fanakalo as used by ever more winelands hipsters and the wine (R85 a bottle) while exciting on paper, more or less fails to convince.
A blend of 48% Shiraz, 19% Cinsaut, 15% Mourvèdre, 9% Grenache, 5% Tannat and 4% Viognier, components were matured separately for 15 months in older French oak before blending and bottling.
Ripe red and black berries and a hint of reduction on the nose. The palate lacks definition – waves and waves of fruit, but little to counterbalance this, with acidity too soft, tannins too smooth. With a little air, some spice comes to the fore but there’s not as much detail as might be hoped.