Groote Post have released the 2011 vintage of their popular Unwooded Chardonnay, as well as their elegant European-style 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir.
This beautiful historic Cape West Coast farm, owned by the Pentz family, has its vineyard plantings overlooking the icy Atlantic Ocean, on the cool sea- and south-facing upper slopes of the Kapokberg in the Darling Hills, an established prime wine-growing area.
The much-anticipated release of the Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2011 will be well received by the many fans of this generous and refreshing white wine. Rated 4 stars by the Platter’s SA Wine Guide year after year, this wine displays appealing citrus and lime aromas, and rich flavours of marmalade and preserved ginger. Its full flavours, excellent fruit, creaminess, good length and lively acid structure make it an ideal food wine. A favourite food pairing from Groote Post’s Hilda’s Kitchen restaurant is ‘lemon and herb roast chicken on quinoa tabbouleh’.
When Nick Pentz was asked recently, “What is your favourite Groote Post wine?” And “What are you drinking at the moment?” he answered, “Well, I drink all of them,” which was not exactly the expected answer. Nick continued, ”the answer to what I am drinking now is easy…. the Groote Post 2011 Unwooded Chardonnay. This wine is everything I like in a white wine - lovely flavour, abundant fresh fruit, good structure and that creamy Chardonnay mouth feel.”
The Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2011 retails nationally at approximately R70.
Lukas Wentzel, winemaker, is very enthusiastic about the release of the Groote Post Reserve Pinot Noir 2009. “To produce a top quality pinot in South Africa you need the right cool climate terroir, the best vineyard sitings, judicious vine management and crop control, suitable ripening conditions, careful grape selection, good cellar practices and some luck. All of that came together in 2009 to produce one of our best vintages to date.” The 2009 Groote Post Reserve Pinot Noir, rated 4 stars by Wine magazine in 2011 as well as the 2012 Platter’s SA Wine Guide, is a more European-style Pinot Noir than previous vintages. It displays suitably restrained plum and raspberry notes with savoury, dried-beef flavours. A subtle hint of forest floor and mushrooms underpins the earthy characteristic of pinot noir, yielding a refined and soft wine with silky smooth, finely defined tannins. Judicious oaking adds elegant vanilla and spice to a medley of dark berry flavours.
As regards a suggested food pairing, Nick Pentz passionately enthused, “Our Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 is right up there with our best to date and foremost on my mind when I have got my venison pot simmering away on the fire.”
The Groote Post Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 retails nationally at approximately R135.
Groote Post, a beautiful, historic farm with a rustic, rural atmosphere, undulating hills and vast open spaces, is only an hours drive from Cape Town and offers countless reasons to escape on a country meander to this family estate.
In addition to a rich history, a wide range of award-winning wines, a superb culinary offering at Hilda’s Kitchen and Farm Drives through the 2 000-hectare Game Camp, Groote Post offers: a jungle gym and rolling lawns where children can play, spectacular views of the Atlantic coast and Table Mountain, nature walks and bird-watching. Being part of the famous West Coast spring flower route and a member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, Groote Post also holds much appeal for environmentalists.
Groote Post Vineyards
Tel: 022 492 2825