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The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2013

Pretty rather than beautiful.
Pretty rather than beautiful.

The Grenache Blanc 2012 as made by Chris Williams under The Foundry label carried all before it (including a rating of 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s) so what of the follow-up 2013?

It has a quite extraordinary nose of billowing citrus blossom  while the palate is clean and pure – there’s lemon and white peach, just a hint of vanilla (from six months of barrel) plus an intriguing note of ginger on the finish. It seems lighter than and not quite as serious as the 2012 but perhaps it will “broaden out” with another six months or so. Price: R124 a bottle.

Score: 90/100.


  1. It is nice to read your articles regularly.
    I found the 2013 The Foundry whites still quite tight and shy, when I tasted them in February.
    All their wines need some time in the bottle and age beautifully.
    But The Foundry Rousanne was even more impressive to me than the Grenache Blanc.


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