In the same way red wine, fluffy fleece blankets and hearty minestrone soup nostalgically remind me of cold winter’s days, so does the smell of sunscreen, the salty sea breeze and the taste of an ice-cold glass of white wine remind me of endless summer’s days. Now you can have sunshine and summer all year round with the latest offering from our favourite family vineyard, Groote Post, with the release of their salty Sauvignon Blanc, the Seasalter.
Sauvignon Blanc has always been the standout varietal at Groote Post, the beautiful historic farm owned by the Pentz family and situated in the Darling Hills on the Cape West Coast. It was therefore fitting that a Sauvignon Blanc would emerge as the estate’s flagship white wine.
The Seasalter 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.
What’s in a name?
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.
“We just needed to come up with the perfect name for our new wine, a special 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 just 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.
“The unique Darling Sauvignon Blanc fruit and its wonderful aging potential had to be the foundation for our flagship white wine, with a small component of Semillon. 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. It was time for our long-time winemaker Lukas Wentzel to bring all the ingredients into play in what would become our Seasalter,” says Groote Post co-owner Nick Pentz.
GROOTE POST SEASALTER 2018
Tasting notes: 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.
In the vineyard: An elegant blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon
In the cellar: 50% of the Sauvignon Blanc was fermented and aged for 8 months in 300-litre French Oak barrels. The remaining components were fermented in stainless steel tanks and left on the fine lees.
Cellar door price: R140
The Little Hedonist’s food pairing suggestion: Even though the Seasalter is an incredibly versatile and food-friendly wine, I somehow feel that only a platter of fresh West Coast seafood can pay sufficient respect to this beauty. But as we all know, I’m allergic to shellfish. But don’t let that stop you! For me personally, however, with the “frutti di mare” theme , I’m imagining a platter of aromatic cajun calamari tubes, crispy baby squid tentacles, delicately battered hake goujons, spicy yellow rice with peppers and a massive green salad with chunks of feta and kalamata-style olives. Add a warm, herby garlic bread to be hand-torn and shared.
Alternatively, if seafood is not your thing; do not put this white too far away as the summer draws to a close! Think early winter curries; a creamy chicken korma or an indulgent butter chicken dish. A handful of fresh coriander will enhance the minerality of the wine, and the creaminess of the dish will enhance the natural spicy undertones in the wine. Pure bliss.
As to be expected, Groote Post produced a wine that makes my top ten all-time favourites. At this point, they occupy at least three of the ten spots on my very humble list. The Seasalter is the wine you want to introduce your friends to; the one you want to show off to family at your next get-together, the one you want to invite to special occasions. It’s the perfect wine for celebrations and quiet moments; holidays and mid-week treats; to share or not. So the next time you reminisce about long, lazy summer days, pull out this beautiful bottle and pour pure sunshine into your glass!
Second photographer and photo credit: Timothy P. Gibson
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