Peter Pentz was one of the most admired and awarded Dairymen in the Cape. When we had our restaurant, he used on occasion bring his mother to lunch. Groote Post in Darling was his farm. Now the cows are gone, there is a winery in place and a superb Restaurant, Hilda’s Kitchen.
Debbie McLoughlin is the chef there and in my humble opinion is one of the most underrated Cape Chefs. I have had my knees under her table before.
Groote Post is an award-winning winery producing some sublime wines, now run by Peter’s son Nick and Winemaker Lukas Wentzel. They kindly sent me two recent releases, one a very new the Groote Post Old Man’s Blend White, a 2018 and the Groote Post Old Man’s Blend Red 2017. Perfect as a pair for Dad on Father’s Day.
The Groote Post Old Man’s Blend White 2018 is a blend of three grape varieties which are separately vinified for later blending, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. The blend is done under the eye of The Old Man, Peter Pentz. Bottled under screw cap with the elegant Groot Post Label. In the glass, a pale golden straw with lime green flashes. It has a the most pleasing aroma of freshly sliced tropical fruits. There are Granny Smith Apples and tart guavas on the very brisk palate. The wine is very fresh and young and is good with food. Smoked Fish, smoked chicken, it will work well with a ceviche made from Kingklip or salmon trout, sliced so thin you can see the pattern of the plate through it. Very even-handedly priced at around 75.00.
Groote Post’s The Old Man’s Blend Red 2017 is again a story of separate vinification and oak barrel maturation. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc, which is made up in the presence of Peter, The Old Man, in order that he approves. The wine is sappy and full fruited. Brilliant plums, berries, cherries and roadside brambles are embraced by cashmere clad tannins, oak and its concomitant spices, in a lovely smooth ending. Also well priced at just under R80.00.
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