Special Edition 12

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A Motley Cru

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Technical Information:

Producer: The Foundry
The Wine: 69% Roussanne
23% Viognier
6% Grenache Blanc
2% Marsanne
Vintage: 2014
Wine of Origin: Coastal Region
Alcohol: 13%
Bottles: 968 cases

Oh help me Mrs Medlicott
I don’t know what to do
I’ve only got three bullets
And there’s four of Mötley Crüe

Upon Westminster Bridge – Nigel Blackwell, Half Man Half Biscuit

Wine Society members who already follow The motley-frontLiberator project should also be familiar with the wines of The Foundry, an independent range produced at Meerlust in Stellenbosch by cellarmaster, Chris Williams.

The pair go back a long way, although Chris has yet to learn that Rick isn’t called ‘Rich’. Only Rick’s mother gets away with calling him that…motley-back

Chris owns no vineyards, so all of the grapes sourced for the trio of Foundry white wines are from bought-in fruit. But whilst Chris has made a point of vinifying and releasing single varietal wines, A Motley Cru represents a departure, since this is the first white blend to be bottled in the Meerlust cellar; the decision prompted by the arrival of a tiny parcel of first-crop Marsanne grapes, sourced from the northern Swartland. With nothing more than a few litres to experiment with; a ‘bucket-full of wine’, according to our celebrated winemaker, there was little option to consider blending.

Less Grand Cru and more Motley Cru, it’s a worthy experiment for members to discover.