One of our favourites in South Africa is Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek, a winery that we always have on the itinerary for our SA wine tours. Their Foundation Stone White is made primarily from Chenin Blanc which gives it an interesting complexity, body, ripe fruit with a touch of honey (and it has just managed to get in to the monopoly in Sweden!). A bit of grenache blanc, roussanne, and viognier adds some flowery and spicy aromas. Very nice with just a little hint of oak in the background.
The winemaker, Wynand Grobler, explains that he harvests the grapes for this quite early to keep the acidity high. He ferments in with whole bunches in big oak casks (foudres) using natural yeast. He likes blending chenin blanc with other grapes, and he is very fond of the Mediterranean grapes.
You will have the opportunity to taste plenty of delicious South African wines if you join us on next year’s wine tour to South Africa. And meet Wynand in person!
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