With a felicitous 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Placing
The 2019 vintage of the Groote Post Seasalter, the estate’s West Coast flagship Sauvignon Blanc, has been released to high acclaim, earning a Top 10 placing at the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition.
“This recognition of our Seasalter as one of South Africa’s best Sauvignon Blanc producers could not have come at a better time, as we are currently celebrating the 21st anniversary of our first vintage at Groote Post,” says an elated Nick Pentz, co-owner of the historic estate.
Sauvignon Blanc has always been the standout varietal at Groote Post. The first vineyard plantings at Groote Post in 1993 were Sauvignon Blanc, the first wine made at Groote Post in 1999 was Sauvignon Blanc and the first wine to roll in the accolades for Groote Post was Sauvignon Blanc. It was therefore fitting that a Sauvignon Blanc would emerge as Groote Post’s flagship white wine
GROOTE POST SEASALTER 2019
Groote Post’s 2019 Seasalter Sauvignon Blanc – partially wooded with a Semillon component – is a beautifully composed complex wine with the Sauvignon’s zesty acidity and vibrancy perfectly balanced by the richer notes and fuller mouth feel added by the Semillon component.
The Seasalter 2019 is an elegant blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. 30% of the Sauvignon Blanc was fermented and aged for 8 months in a 300-litre French Oak barrel. The remaining components were fermented in stainless steel tanks and left on the fine lees.
The Seasalter is wonderfully expressive on the nose and the palate with captivating notes of citrus, 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.
The Seasalter is an excellent food wine, best enjoyed with West Coast seafood of course.
Available from the Groote Post cellar door, online at https://groote-post-wines.myshopify.com and at select fine wine merchants around the country. Approximate retail price: R145
Everything about the Seasalter reflects Groote Post’s West Coast terroir. The name was chosen to symbolise the unique minerality and saltiness of Groote Post’s white wines, the culmination of the interplay of slope, soil, climate and proximity to the icy Atlantic, and the wine’s refreshing packaging design shouts out West Coast.
The Darling Hills are blessed with deep, high clay content soils, gracious southern slopes and cooling winds off the icy Atlantic only 6 km away… the terroir conditions perfect for world class white wine.
When we were launching our limited-release maiden 2015 Seasalter, we wanted to come up with the perfect name to portray our unique terroir: the icy Atlantic, waves crashing on broken shells, invigorating salty sea mist, kelp and minerality. It was my wine travels to the UK that surprisingly provided the answer. I happened to visit a tiny medieval village in the Canterbury District of Kent, by the name of Seasalter, which had been a centre for salt production in the Iron Age. I knew immediately that Seasalter was the ideal name for our new flagship Sauvignon as it superbly captured the essence of our wine in one word,” reflects Nick Pentz.
And the Seasalter’s distinctive design followed suit, thanks to the expertise of Anthony Lane Design Consultancy, providing a visual connection to the West Coast soul of the Seasalter: the pristine turquoise waters of the Atlantic, the simplicity of the wind-swept coastline, the weathered white-washed fishing villages, the seagulls calling from above.
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 picnics and monthly country markets in the summer; a child-friendly area with a jungle gym and rolling lawns; a superb wedding venue; 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