Rick­ety Bridge now firmly on the map

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING -

RICK­ETY Bridge is a com­par­a­tive new­comer on the wine and food scene in Fran­schhoek but the farm has its foun­da­tions in the Huguenot era, orig­i­nally be­ing part of La Provence.

It has not taken long to es­tab­lish it­self as a pop­u­lar culi­nary des­ti­na­tion while its wine range boasts an en­vi­able track record with cel­lar- mas­ter Wy­nand Grob­ler re­spon­si­ble for a list of qual­ity la­bels.

Re­cently he launched the third vin­tage of the Foun­da­tion Stone, a 2011 blend of six Rhone cul­ti­vars sport­ing a vin­tage-style label.

Grapes were sourced from four Cape re­gions along with Fran­schhoek, and the meld of shi­raz, mourvè­dre, grenache, tan­nat and cin­saut is fin­ished with a lit­tle viog­nier to pro­duce an in­trigu­ing mix that can en­hance culi­nary cre­ations from duck to veni­son. It costs R85.

The farm is open seven days a week and there are three ranges of wine to sam­ple, from the Icon through Paulina’s Re­serve to the stan­dard se­lec­tion.

Tast­ings cost R20 for five wines.

AS­SET: Cel­lar­mas­ter Wy­nand Grob­ler of Rick­ety Bridge.

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