Waking up to a wet, dull and gloomy day in Cape Town, we made our way to Darling. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the Groote Post Spring Country Market is situated at Groote Post Vineyards, a historic 18th century farm surrounded by beautiful views in a country style setting.
Here, the ample terrace becomes the platform for a melting pot of delicious foods, world-class wines, and a variety of clothing, accessories, toys, arts and crafts.
Other delicious treats include deli meats, olive oils, freshly-baked breads, cheeses, and even locally grown mushrooms. Each stall showcases something completely unique and undeniably tempting.
All of the wines produced by Groote Post are available for tasting and purchasing; whether you’d just like to enjoy a glass or bottle at the market with friends, or take home a whole case.
As it was raining we made our way to the wine cellar for a free wine tastings to all visitors in the cool comforts of their cellar.
GROOTE POST BRUT ROSÉ MCC
This MCC is salmon-pink tinged with flavours of strawberry and hints of yeasty biscuit. 70% Chardonnay; 30% Pinot Noir. Groote Post Brut Rose is perfect for any occasion.
GROOTE POST PINOT NOIR ROSÉ 2019
Groote Post Pinot Noir Rosé has a stunning salmon pink colour and you are welcomed by rose water, cherry and raspberry flavours on the nose , which carry through to the palate. The wine is fresh and fruity with a creamy soft finish.
GROOTE POST CHENIN BLANC 2019
Flavours of peach, guava and granny smith apples are prominent on the nose with a fruit basket of flavours on the palate. The Groote Post Chenin Blanc is has a lively freshness underlined by a very good length and body on the palate.
GROOTE POST SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
On the nose fragrances of white stone fruit , green fig and gooseberry. The palate has great length and minerality.
GROOTE POST SEASALTER SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
The Seasalter is wonderfully expressive on the nose and the palate with captivating notes of black current, stone fruit and green apple together with hints of fynbos and kelp, sea-breeze and a touch of oak. Rich, layered and long, this subtly powerful blend is intense but not weighty: an elegant well-balanced wine showing typical Darling minerality, vibrant acidity and some leesy complexity before a saline finish.
GROOTE POST UNWOODED CHARDONNAY 2018
Grapefruit and citrus flavors are in abundance on the nose and palate. This vintage has fresh acidity, beautiful minerality, vibrant, racy and zesty structure.
GROOTE POST KAPOKBERG CHARDONNAY 2017
Lime marmalade with toasted buttery notes on the palate, citrus character runs true, supported by just a touch of fine grain oak and a finish of browned butter.
GROOTE POST SEMILLON 2015
Colour: Pale Straw. On the nose you get vanilla yet herbaceous notes. Good value Semillon, dry with light body. White pepper, rose pepper, green bell pepper.
GROOTE POST RIESLING 2018
This wine display beautiful peach, grapefruit and pineapple fragrances on the nose and ginger and spice abound on the palate. The wine has a long , lingering mid palate with generous acidity carrying the wine through to the end.
GROOTE POST KAPOKBERG PINOT NOIR 2015
Ripe, red fruit upfront on the nose with early morning farmyard blossoms. The palate is voluptuous and beautiful cherry notes with silky oak tannins support the structure on the finish.
GROOTE POST THE OLD MAN’S BLEND RED 2018
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc. A down to earth, ripe fruit driven blended red wine. Cherry, mulberry and cedar wood are prominent on the nose with soft tannins on the palate giving a smooth finish.
GROOTE POST MERLOT 2017
Berry and plum flavours are prominent on the nose, supported by a subtle hints of mint, resulting in a wonderful flavour spectrum. A juicy mid palate is supported by soft silky tannins and ageing in oak barrels.
GROOTE POST SHIRAZ 2017
This vintage displays white pepper and violets, which are typical of our region. Smokey spice and saltiness fill the palate. This is an elegant Shiraz with well rounded tannins that linger.
Live entertainment keeps the atmosphere going all day. Kids are also spoilt for choice at the Groote Post Market with tractor rides, horse rides, and rolling lawns that provide plenty of space for little ones to run and play.
The next Country Market is on Sunday, 27 October 2019. Entrance to the market is free. It begins at 10h00 and ends at 15h00. From the farm, views of Table Mountain in the distance testify to how close Cape Town really is, making this a great option for a family day trip from the Mother City.
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