Foothills Vineyards Wine

Foothills Sauvignon Blanc
Of all the wines in the range, the Sauvignon Blanc most reflects the cool growing conditions on the farm, with its brisk afternoon sea breezes. The nose prepares you for the palate/flavours, but the longer you breathe in the perfume, the more layers you find. Very fresh, summer meadow scents like nettles, crushed herbs, fennel, a suggestion of damp earth, and fruit from the green spectrum, prickly pear, crunchy green apple, a squeeze of lemon.
Foothills The Partners White 2016
Each part of this complex white blend has been carefully chosen for it's contribution to the flavours, because this is the most popular wine in the range, has the widest appeal. In essence it is a white Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc for leafy freshness and Semillon for palate weight, with 12% Viognier added to lift the aromatics, give some floral notes and gentle tropical flavours.
Foothills Chardonnay 2018
There’s a tightly focused citrus profile on first impression, lemon zest and grapefruit, then you find the layers, stone fruit and naartjie, which deepen in the flavours. Oak is subtle, allows the fruit to shine, giving a savoury shading, like oat biscuit, almond biscotti.

Foothills Dry Rose 2018
Delicate copper pink, showcased by a flint bottle. Whole bunch pressed, a blend of predominantly Shiraz (83%), with Semillon and Viognier adding highlights. Not overtly fruity, there is some restraint, yet it’s unexpectedly complex: just-ripe strawberries, some chopped herbs, a honeysuckle note from the Viognier, and a seam of minerality which deepens on the palate.
Foothills Pinot Noir 2018
A distinctive style which comes from the vineyard: initial impression of blueberries, quite intense, almost buchu-like seam, but in a good way. Has the variety’s trademark elegance, fresh plushness and polish, but offers its own interpretation of Pinot Noir. Heaps of flavour, the palate shows layers of raspberries, even cassis, and the body is silky, the oaking masterful: 12 months older barrels, adding spice but not interfering with the fruit profile.
Foothills Syrah 2016
Very easy to like, yet there is complexity, underlying layers and structure: maraschino cherry intensity and plum compote, with tobacco leaf savouriness and a fain hint of scrub. Unlike previous vintages, no Viognier in 2016.
Monogram Collection Shiraz 2016
Top end of the range. Differs from the Syrah in the use of only new oak, for 14 months. Quite savoury, Belgian chocolate, black plums and cherries, cigar box, some espresso and liquorice notes adding richness and dark-toned complexity.
Monogram Collection Méthode Cap Classique 2016
Made in the traditional sparkling wine process where the second fermentation take place in bottle, and the wine is left on its lees until disgorgement, in this case 15 months. Bright, pale gold hue, very fine bubbles.
Monogram Collection Semillon 2017
Semillon appears as a component in a few wines in the ranges, Sauvignon Blanc, Partners Blend, Dry Rosé, and this Semillon shows why, these farm vineyards do it to perfection.
Foothills Viognier 2017
Something, different, worth considering if you’re an adventurous cook or diner. Manages to avoid the variety’s excesses; has all the classic aromatics but in a retrained, stylish way - white peach flesh and pip, floral notes of honeysuckle, a hint of lavender.
Monogram Collection Straw Wine 2015
Made in the traditional and age-old method of air drying grapes on straw mats, to shrivel them and concentrate their flavour. A sweet wine from 100% Viognier. The process has toned down its usual perfume-laden exuberance to give pure glacé fruit, pineapple, with dried apricot, a lovely nutty overlay, the savouriness particularly showing in the flavours.