Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Buying The Foundry - Restaurants and Hotels

The Foundry is proud to be listed at the following restaurants and hotels in South Africa:

Cape Town:

- La Mouette (Seapoint)
Viognier

- The Planet Restaurant - The Mount Nelson Hotel (Gardens)
Syrah - Grenache Blanc

- The Vineyard Hotel (Newlands)
Grenache Blanc

- Overture at Hidden Valley (Stellenbosch)
Grenache Blanc - Viognier

- Bizerca Bistro (CBD)
Viognier

- French Toast (CBD)
Grenache Blanc

- Dear Me / Tjing Tjing (CBD)
Grenache Blanc

- Azure at The Twelve Apostles
Syrah - Viognier

- The One & Only (Waterfront)
Viognier

- Den Anker (Waterfront)
Grenache Blanc

- The Foodbarn (Noordhoek)
Viognier

- Dash at The Queen Vic (Waterfront)
Viognier

- The Test Kitchen (Woodstock)
Syrah

- Restaurant at Jordan Wine Estate
Grenache Blanc

- La Colombe (Constantia)
Viognier - Syrah - Grenache Blanc

- Belthezar (Waterfront)
Syrah

- Karibu (Waterfront)
Viognier

- HQ (CBD)
Viognier

Johannesburg:

- Possum's (Parkhurst)
Rousanne - Viognier - Syrah

- Lepis D'Ore (Menlo Park, Pretoria)
Grenache Blanc

Buying The Foundry - Retailers

South African Retailers stocking THE FOUNDRY:

Cape Town
- Wine Concepts Kloof
Syrah - Grenache Blanc - Viognier

- Wine Concepts Newlands
Syrah - Grenache Blanc - Rousanne

- Manuka Southeys (Somerset West)
Viognier

- Caroline's V&A Waterfront
Syrah - Rousanne - Viognier - Grenache Blanc

- Caroline's Strand Street
Rousanne - Grenache Blanc

- Giovanni's Deli Greenpoint
Grenache Blanc

- Chapman's Peak Liquors
Grenache Blanc

- Vino Pronto
Grenache Blanc - Rousanne

- Aroma Alphen
Rousanne - Viognier

- Vaughan Johnson (Waterfront)
Grenache Blanc - Syrah

Johannesburg:

- Riverside Liquors (Bryanston)
Grenache Blanc

KZN:

- La Cave (La Lucia, Durban)
Syrah - Grenache Blanc - Viognier

- Meander Fine Wines (Midlands)
Grenache Blanc

The Guardian (UK) on Grenache Blanc 2010

The Foundry Grenache Blanc, Swartland, South Africa 2010 (£12.50, Swig)
STAR BUY Trendy Swartland is home to a disproportionate number of South Africa's most exciting wines, and this is one of the best. It smells and tastes of the warmth of late summer Рripe peaches, melon, apricots, white flowers Рbut it's textured and beautifully balanced, too. A top white Rh̫ne in all but name (and price).http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/nov/13/christmas-wines-best-whites

2012 Platter Ratings

2007 Syrah 4 1/2 *
- Classy, very smooth & polished, bridges the spicy/fruity style divide, melds best of both in harmonious rendition.

2010 Grenache Blanc 4 1/2 *
- pure-fruited, with clean minerality.

2009 Viognier 4 *
- Luxurious, full & peachy; beautifully balanced.

2010 Rousanne 3 1/2 *
- Perfumed, delicately floral.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Decanter Magazine - Best Value Wine of the Month!

Decanter Magazine – August 2011 – Best Value Wine of the Month The Foundry, Grenache Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2010 - * * * * 18/20 (highest score achieved!)
Established in 2000, The Foundry is a relatively boutique winery producing quality wines. Better known for its Syrah, this Grenache Blanc is an intriguing wine: fantastically structured and balanced, its bright citrus and fresh apple fruit characters are beautifully framed by brisk acidity. Alc: 14%

The Foundry News January 2010

The Syrah 2006, Grenache Blanc 2010 and Viognier 2008 have all now been released and I am really happy with the purity of flavours and definition of fruit in the wines. The Syrah 2006 is the first vintage where all the grapes come from a single vineyard, namely our Faure site, 4 km from False Bay. Wines from a single site hold great interest for me because they are a reflection of a single variety from a single terroir and specific vintage, a snapshot in time. Of course it is simple to make unblended, single -site wines, but getting the complexity and depth of flavour is not so easy, which is why many winemakers have to blend. However, I have been working with this site for 9 years (as of 2010) but the 2006 vintage is the first year I felt that the wine had the  interest and complexity to stand up in its own trousers. It has taken intensive work with our grower, Johan Faure ,to get this vineyard to the stage where it has the root system and canopy to completely utilize the superb soils and unique terroir.

For me, the crystalline purity of this wine is astonishing with precise, intricate flavours of plum, graphite and fynbos. Although full bodied, the wine exhibits a finesse and litheness which makes it a pleasure to drink. I dislike overly extract, thick, ponderous wines and the Foundry 2006 Syrah displays the vivacity and energy of a wine at peace with its origin.

The 2010 Grenache Blanc had big shoes to fill with the 2009 being widely acclaimed and awarded, including the ultimate accolade of 5 stars in the John Platter wine guide 2011, but I am really pleased with the 2010. The wine shows the same quince, greengage and almond notes of its older sibling, but perhaps has a little more stuffing in the mid -palate, but still has that  whistle -clean, highland -stream finish. This wine is a long way away from those thick, gloopy Rhone wannabees which seem to be popping up these days. For me, clarity, focus and harmony are what I look for and I hope you will agree that this has been achieved in my new Grenache Blanc.

I have been producing Viognier since 2004, amongst the first in South Africa and I honestly believe the 2008 is the best yet. Why? Simple- the 2008 is again a single vineyard expression from a vineyard even closer to False Bay than our Syrah, a mere 3.5 km.  But don’t worry; it also enjoys an elevation of 85 meters above sea level so it gets the advantages of both altitude and a maritime, cool climate. Again, I cannot hide my aesthetic preferences with this wine-purity, intensity and sub-microscopic focus on delicious exotic fruit and minerally flavours. This wine is the antidote to those overblown, thick muffin -top Viogniers from warm areas. I am so pleased that both the Viognier 2008 and Syrah 2006 are single terroir wines, I feel a bit like a proud dad having got these vines out of nappies and into adulthood.

In the pipeline are a Roussanne 2010 and a new Syrah from our home farm in Paardeberg, same grape, same philosophy, different terroir. The result? Watch this space.

The Foundry wines are now also available in Ontario, Canada and in Sweden, along with our existing customers in the UK, USA, Mauritius, Switzerland, Australia (oh yes!), Hong Kong, Belgium, and the Channel Islands.