The Foundry Roussanne 2018

This was purchased near the start of our first lockdown…but I still remember it, and that speaks volumes.

The Wine:

Pale lemon with a medium nose of orange blossoms, lemon curd, ripe nectarines, quince, almonds, ginger, honey, and a sort of steeliness.

Dry, high acidity, and medium alcohol. Medium bodied with green apple, lemon pith/grapefruit, slightly almondy, and a light spanking of herbal fynbos. A very decent medium+ finish that ends in sweet peaches and a metallic quality that I find endearing. A wiser person would mention cream cheese and dough…but I’m in denial.


Balance (1) + Length (1) + Intensity (½) + Complexity (½)  = A good wine 


Vini + Viti:

We don’t have many Roussanne vineyards - this one was sourced from a 1 hectare planting in the Helderberg. The grapes were chilled overnight, whole bunch pressed keeping a high level of solids, fermented in old 300L Allier hogsheads, partial MLC, ‘maturation and batonnage sur-lie for 10 months before bottling’.

Final thoughts

I find the back label quite puzzling as it suggests 8 servings from this 750ml bottle. I'm hoping it's meant as a joke to stimulate conversation...because I'm pretty sure a recommended serving size is 150ml (or 147ml if we really need to convert the 5oz imperial to metric).

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