Groote Post, the historic West Coast farm owned by the Pentz family has released the 2018 vintage of their Salt of the Earth produced from carefully selected Shiraz and Cinsault vineyards in the Darling area.
‘Salt of the Earth’ is defined as being representative of the best or noblest elements of society. This wine, a blend of 67% Shiraz and 33% Cinsault, is just that, with grapes sourced from pockets of excellence throughout the Darling Hills. The 19-year-old trellised shiraz, planted in 2001 yields 6 tons per hectare, and the 44-year-old dryland bush vine cinsault, planted in 1976, yields only 4 tons per hectare.
“The 2015 Salt of the Earth was our maiden vintage. The 2018 is our second release, the 2015 Salt of the Earth being our maiden vintage. From now on we will release a vintage every year. This Salt of the Earth pays tribute to the high-quality clay soils of the Darling area. It has been very exciting for me to work with parcels of grapes from the wider Darling wine district, especially with grapes from this very old low-yielding cinsault block”, says winemaker Lukas Wentzel.
GROOTE POST SALT OF THE EARTH 2018
THE BLEND: 67% Shiraz and 33% Cinsault
THE HARVEST: 2018 was an excellent wine year with outstanding sugar and phenolic ripeness achieved throughout both cultivars. Grape analyses were good, with low pH, good acidity and balanced sugar levels – the foundation for high quality wines.
IN THE CELLAR: The grapes of both cultivars were harvested on the same day and co-fermented in open top tank fermenters. The free run wine was then taken to 500 litre barrels for malolactic fermentation and then racked back into barrels for 14 months maturation – 60% new and 40% older 500-litre barrels.
TASTING NOTE: This full-flavoured wine is rich and dense yet not devoid of freshness. It abounds with dark cherries and plums, cedarwood, white pepper and violet notes, typical of Shiraz from Darling, integrated with fresh cherry and strawberry flavours from the Cinsault. The wine is well-structured and smooth with soft tannins, a subtle earthy mineral undertone and great length. It should age very well if properly cellared.
PACKAGING: The Groot Post Salt of the Earth’s distinctive label provides a visual connection to the soul of the wine, thanks to the expertise of Anthony Lane Design Consultancy.
FOOD PAIRING: The Groote Post Salt of the Earth will be a perfect accompaniment to lamb, duck or mushrooms.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICE: The Groote Post Salt of the earth 2018 is available from the Groote Post cellar door, online at groote-post-wines.myshopify.com and at select fine wine merchants around the country. Approximate retail price: R240
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 their ever-popular Country Market from August until April. 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, Darling Hills Road, Darling, Cape West Coast 7345