The Steenkamp family have owned and managed the Groenland Wine Estate for 4 generations. Kosie Steenkamp. The patriarch died in June last year and his son Piet now wears the mantle of Vineyardist and winemaker on the Estate. Piet worked with his father for 19 years. The success of the wines is a result of constant improvement and new methods being put into practice. There are 40 hectares of Cape Fynbos surrounding the 150 hectares of vineyards which produce 1500 tons of grapes each year. The breakdown is 80% red and 20% white varieties.
This wine really honours the late Kosie Steenkamp. A blend of 50% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the grapes are hand harvested and are taken to the cellar for elevation. After malolactic fermentation, the wines spend a year in all new French Oak Barrels. After this, the two finest barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon and two Merlot are chosen and then blended. The wine is then prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is so simple, and so elegant. In the. Glass, a rich bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas and palate segue on into the other with a generosity of dark berries and plums, rich fruit indeed. There is a grind of black pepper there too. The oak, in spite of it being all new, is very supportive of the fabulous fruit and adds its spice and vanilla to the mix. Love the tannin structure which is in excellent balance with the fruit and the raspberry acidity. This wine will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring. A stunning tribute from Piet to his father Kosie for showing his appreciation for his dad’s dedication to their family farm as well as their good friendship.
Delicious Summery wine which offers the aromas and flavours of the grapes picked in the early part of the ideal ripeness window are ‘green’, asparagus, green bell pepper and lemon grass. The more tropical flavours of ripe melon, passion fruit and desiccated pineapple are present in the mid palate. In the glass, the wine is a pale citrine in colour. The golden thread of acidity which runs through from entry, continues into the zippy long and gently waning aftertaste.
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