Groot Phesantekraal, the exemplary heritage estate peacefully tucked away on the outskirts of Durbanville, is once again in celebration mode! Fourth generation owners, André and Ronelle Brink, are celebrating:
- The 320th anniversary of their historic farm which dates back to 1698
- Just over 120 years of Brink family ownership
- As an extension to their popular restaurant located in the original stable that dates back to 1767, Groot Phesantekraal have launched their Saturday Lawn Menu which includes Pizza Platters and Fine Cheese & Meat Platters
- Reflecting on a very good year which saw strong recognition for their wines, including:
- Groot Phesantekraal Chenin Blanc 2018: 2018 Michelangelo Double Gold
- Groot Phesantekraal Berliet Pinotage 2017: 2018 Michelangelo Gold
- Groot Phesantekraal Cabernet Sauvignon 2015: 2018 Veritas Gold
See key information below. And please find attached a few high res images and a media release which contains a wider selection of numbered pictures – additional pictures are available on request.
Groot Phesantekraal Chenin Blanc 2018
Awards: 2018 Michelangelo Double Gold Medal
Made by Etienne Louw, this wine is clean and crisp with summery stone fruit, pineapple, quince and some spice on the nose. Unwooded and fresh, yet intensely fragranced thanks to 56-year-old bush vines offering effortless fruit concentration and complexity. Appetising, lip-smacking, bone dry finish. Ideal al fresco summer sipper, great on its own, but also with scallops, fried calamari or smoked chicken salad.
Cellar door price: R55
Groot Phesantekraal Pinotage Berliet 2017
Awards: 2018 Michelangelo Gold Medal
This flagship red wine was made by Etienne Louw, a regular recipient of Absa Top 10 Pinotage awards. The farm’s Pinotage is named after the 1927 French Berliet that belonged to André Brink’s late father. Having been meticulously restored, this splendidly orange classic automobile is portrayed on the wine’s label and proudly showcased at the estate. Etienne believes that the unique elegance and fruit-structure of Durbanville Pinotage will cement the ward’s position as one of the leading production areas for this variety. This limited release Pinotage exudes characteristics of this uniquely South African variety – ripe red fruit, subtle toasty oak and an elegant tannin structure. This wine will develop further complexity with careful cellaring for 8 to 10 years. It makes a beautiful accompaniment to slow-braised pork belly or hearty game dishes. For the more adventurous, seared salmon or even a dark-chocolate based dessert is recommended.
Cellar door price: R135
Groot Phesantekraal Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Awards: 2017 Michelangelo Gold Medal and 2018 Veritas Gold Medal
Made by Thys Louw, this is a rich and complex wine. Durbanville’s typical dusty, herbal notes are well supported by red and black fruit with a hint of spice and vanilla and cigar box notes. The medium-bodied palate shows Cabernet’s cooler flavours including spearmint, red berries and plum, supported by a bright line of acidity. Well-integrated élevage in French oak and fine, soft tannins makes for a rounded, seamless finish. Accessible now, but better in 3 to 5 years. Allow breathing time to open up or decant an hour before serving. Enjoy with grilled lamb, hearty vegetable stews or risotto, or beef carpaccio with parmesan shavings.
Cellar door price: R110
Groot Phesantekraal also produce a Blanc de Blanc Cap Classique, a Sauvignon Blanc and the barrel-fermented, single vineyard Anna de Koning Chenin Blanc. See additional information below.
To purchase Groot Phesantekraal wines, please call 021 825 0060
Being newly launched, the wines are available at the farm and at select wine merchants but will become more widely available in due course.
Saturdays on the Lawn
As an extension to their popular restaurant located in the original stable that dates back to 1767, Groot Phesantekraal have launched their Saturdays on the Lawn. Visitors can now enjoy alfresco lunches on Saturdays. Overlooking rolling vineyards, parents can relax while their children run freely on the expansive lawns. The menu includes Fine Cheese and Meat Platters with Ciabatta (Everything is local: chorizo-style salami and a coppa ham with a cremona (SA gorgonzola), a jong belegen boerenkaas and a mature cheddar) as well as Chorizo or Caprese Pizza Platters, all served on wooden boards. There is always a Sweet Treat on offer to end the meal.