We’re suckers for a robust white blend that can stand up to a red on a cold wintry night. But one which also goes down just as well at the height of summer when nicely chilled. We’re talking about a wine – a white wine – of substance and a certain stature, not bone-thin and grassy tinged, or, for that matter, a full-bodied, oaky affair that fights with whatever food you happen to be serving it with. So it’s with much pleasure we got to taste the first white blend in the Foundation Stone range from Rickety Bridge. Following on from the Franschhoek wine estate’s Foundation Stone red blend, a real quaffer of a wine, comes this ‘subtly oaked five-cultivar Mediterranean-style’ white. The Foundation Stone White 2013 (R85) is a rather interesting blend as it comprises none of the usual suspects – but this is possibly why we like it so much. The Rickety Bridge team chose rather to go with a medley of Mediterranean varieties – Ugni Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc – which were blended with local hero Chenin Blanc (49 per cent of the blend, with Viognier the smallest component at 6 per cent, and 15 per cent for the rest). All five varietals were matured separately in barrel for a total maturation time of 10 months before being blended for bottling. The result is a well-structured wine that balances richness with an elegant freshness on the palate. The oaking is perfectly subtle, but adds to the presence of this highly enjoyable, food friendly white.