I really like the aesthetic which Chris Williams brings to bear on the wines he makes for both Meerlust and The Foundry and the Pinot Noir 2012 under the former label (R215 a bottle) again impresses.
Here’s the low-down: Three clones off cool, south-facing vineyards. Partial de-stemming, some spontaneous fermentation, maturation in French oak for 11 months, 55% new.
It’s a vivid wine – concentrated red and black fruit offset by a coursing acidity. Can oak really add to a the drinking experience? In this case, yes. There are subtle smoky, tarry notes which are entirely suitable. Pretty full-bodied for a Pinot but really together and probably a good three years off its best.