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Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone White 2013

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Rock solid.
Rock solid.

The fairly well established multi-varietal red called Foundation Stone from Franschhoek winery Rickety Bridge is now joined by a white blend and a rosé. It’s a little difficult to know what market segment this collection is aimed at – the packaging is hip, the blends exotic but the pricing is relatively modest. On intrinsic merit alone, the white totally outperforms the rosé and the red and is worth seeking out.

Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone White 2013
Approximate retail price: R85
49% Chenin Blanc, 15% Grenache Blanc, 15% Ugni Blanc, 15% Roussanne and 6% Viognier. Pleasantly oxidative in style. White and yellow peach, spice and a yeasty note. It has heft on the palate and a nice saline edge to the finish. A bit rough around the edges but charmingly so.

Score: 89/100.

Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone Rosé 2013
Approximate retail price: R85

57% Shiraz, 22% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Viognier. 10% fermented and aged in small French oak barrels. The nose is shy while the palate shows vague red fruit plus an earthy overtone. More a “light red” than a rosé and comes across as a bit dour.

Score: 83/100.

38% Syrah, 23% Cinsault, 20% Mourvèdre, 9% Tannat, 8% Grenache, and 2% Viognier. Dark fruit, chocolate and a hint of peach. Rich and sleek textured but lacking nuance. “Cheap Chocolate Block” might be one description.

Score: 85/100.

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