Groote Post, the historic estate in the cool-climate Darling Hills, with its vineyard plantings on the south-facing upper slopes of the Kapokberg (the highest of the Darling Hills) overlooking the icy Atlantic Ocean, has become almost synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc since their maiden vintage Sauvignon Blanc was launched to high acclaim in 1999.
Owned by the Pentz family, the estate’s vineyard altitudes vary from 200m to 450m above sea level. The prevailing south-easterly winds from the Atlantic Ocean produce a long and cool ripening period, which enables the growth of high quality grapes with concentrated flavours and complexity. The soils in the sea-facing vineyards are deep, well-drained Hutton and Oakleaf, with moisture-retaining clay components. Groote Post’s unique terroir, a combination of soil, microclimate and aspect, is well-respected for its particular suitability to Sauvignon Blanc.
GROOTE POST SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016
The 2016 vintage of Groote Post’s popular Sauvignon Blanc is a beautifully crisp wine with tropical fruit, gooseberries, ripe figs and guava abounding on the nose and the palate. A vibrant wine, the intense flavours are underpinned by a thread of minerality and a tangy fruity freshness that calls for a second glass.
A vibrant wine, the intense flavours are underpinned by a thread of minerality and a tangy fruity freshness that calls for a second glass.
Suggested food pairings:
Brie and asparagus tart; Apple, walnut and celery salad; Wasabi pancakes with smoked trout; Calamari, fennel and lime salad, Mexican-styled salmon salad with avocado, tomato salsa and black beans, Roast lemon and herb chicken.
The Groote Post Sauvignon Blanc 2016 retails nationally for ±R92.
GROOTE POST KAPOKBERG VINEYARD SELECTION SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015
Groote Post’s Kapokberg Vineyard Selection range is named after the Kapokberg, the highest of the Darling Hills at 459m above sea level, where some of the estate’s best grapes are grown. Hildagonda Duckitt, Groote Post’s ‘Grande Dame of Cape Cuisine’, who was born at Groote Post in 1840 and spent more than half her life at this historic farm, loved to ride her horse up the Kapokberg. In one of her famous books, Hilda’s Diary of a Cape Housekeeper, published in the 1890’s, she wrote: “Standing on the hill one gets a lovely view of the country for almost one hundred miles around. Table Mountain stands due south, and from no other place have I seen so perfect a view of the “Table” and “Twelve Apostles”. On the west the wide Atlantic stretches before your gaze with only little “Dassen Island” like a speck on the horizon.”
Groote Post’s highly-acclaimed Kapokberg Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc is produced from a specific low-yielding vineyard block on the Kapokberg that consistently yields grapes with the most intense fruit concentration, pronounced minerality and green notes. “We harvest twice, with a 10 day gap in between, to capture different fruit spectrums, and we only use the free-run juice and allow longer lees contact to impart impressive palate presence and complexity”, says Lukas Wentzel.
This wine is typical Darling, with minerality in abundance. Fresh cut grass and green aromas are prominent on the nose, while citrus and quince abound on the palate. Well integrated acidity and abundant flavours give the wine great length.
Suggested food pairings:
Tomato, goats cheese and poppy-seed tarts; Lemon chicken and marinated artichoke pasta; Savoury pancakes filled with cheese, spinach and tomato, Chargrilled chicken with Asian slaw.
Retail price: The Groote Post Kapokberg Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015 retails nationally for
The Groote Post Kapokberg Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015 retails nationally for ±R149.
A VISIT TO GROOTE POST
Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the historic Groote Post farm presents a rustic and rural atmosphere with undulating hills, vast open spaces and warm country hospitality. In addition to a wide range of award-winning wines, Hilda’s Kitchen’s superb culinary experience and Farm Drives through the private game camp and vineyards, Groote Post also offers a superb wedding venue; monthly country markets in the summer; a child-friendly area with a jungle gym and rolling lawns; beautiful views of the Atlantic coast and Table Mountain; nature walks; bird-watching in the hide on the dam and spectacular West Coast flowers in spring.
Groote Post Vineyards
Tel: 022 492 2825