The Foundry Viognier

South Africa, Stellenbosch

5.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)

The wonderful project wine from one of the Cape’s super star winemakers. Fine, ripe peachy nose- dry (but not too dry) and clean on the palate, understated with gentle stone fruit and hints of acacia. Medium to full bodied but not remotely heavy, there is fine underlying acidity and a touch of salinity on the finish. A wine that really develops in the mouth.”

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The Foundry works by sourcing grapes from across the Cape with their affiliated growers, with access to number of terroirs and parcels from which grapes can be selected according to the variety and the desired result. The Viognier however comes from a single vineyard near False Bay, with a cool maritime climate and frequent Atlantic breezes. Granite-clay loam soil restricts yields and allows the retention of acidity and aromas in the grapes.

Grape Variety

100% Viognier.

The grapes are cooled, crushed and pressed, the settled juice ran into French Allier oak barrels for fermentation. Before bottling, the wine is matured for 6 months on its lees.

Alcohol Percentage


Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 18 months.


The Foundry was a project launched in 2000 by winemaker Chris Williams from the Meerlust estate and James Reid. To say it took off is an understatement, after its maiden year Syrah was awarded a 5 star rating in the John Platter Guide 2004, one of only 17 wines.

Interestingly, the Viognier had quite experimental beginnings in 2004. Originally brought into the winery as a blending partner for Syrah, at the last moment winemaker Chris Williams fermented the grapes in second hand Chardonnay barrels. And here we are!

Food Match

Pair with richer white meat dishes and savoury sauces, or lightly spices Asian cooking, especially chicken, or even duck based. Works very well with simply steamed asparagus and butter/hollandaise sauce.

In the press

5 Stars- Platter's Wine Guide 2016

1 review for The Foundry Viognier

  1. Richard
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Cracking Viognier. Complex with the signature orange overtones and a taste of nectar at the front of the mouth. Recommended.

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