In a year that has thrown the world a massive curveball, one has to hold on to little moments that feels like sunshine. For me, one of these moments was the much anticipated release of Groote Post‘s Seasalter 2020.
The Seasalter has held a very special part of my heart since its maiden release in 2015. Not only is it simply a stunning bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s also one wrapped in stories, legacies and traditions, carefully cultivated and preserved by the Pentz family. Over the years, Groote Post has quickly become one of my most favourite wine estates, and there’s very few of their wines I’ve not had the privilege of sampling.
If you combine a salt-of-the-earth family, their beautiful wine farm up the West Coast of South Africa, a humble pursuit to pay homage to the earth and the sea, mixed with a sprinkling of creativity, you’ll get the first chapter of a beautiful Seasalter story.
But the one thing I love more than a good story, is telling a good story. I was honoured to be part of the chapter around the release of the 2020 vintage of Seasalter earlier this year, and even more so to receive one of these coveted bottles of wine to enjoy at my own pace.
The Seasalter 2015 was an immediate hit with wine lovers. There was so much to love about this wine: the elegance and purity of fruit, vibrant acidity, oyster shell minerality and saline finish, so typical of Sauvignons from the unique maritime cool-climate Darling Hills terroir; the charming name that captured the essence of the wine; and the refreshing distinctive label that visually portrayed the West Coast soul of the wine.
The stature of the Seasalter was confirmed when the 2019 vintage earned a Top 10 placing at the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition. Seasalter followers were eager to enjoy the many pleasures of this iconic Groote Post wine (press release).
What’s in a name?
Always endlessly intrigued by names, the Seasalter is one that begs to conjure up images of icy Atlantic waves, salty sea spray, grey banks of mist, the slow movement of kelp forests and iridescent oyster shells, washed up on the coast. It was exactly this typical West Coast picture that the Pentz family wanted to capture in the heart of their flagship Sauvignon Blanc. An ode to their uniquely different, cool-climate terroir, inspiration finally came in the way of a tiny town in Kent, UK, with the name of Seasalter.
A fantastic addition to any wine lover’s collection, this is a wine that is best served in great company.
Tasting notes: captivating flavours of grapefruit and zesty lime acidity with hints of fynbos, 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: After four years of experimenting with the 40ha of Sauvignon Blanc grapes on the farm, we have identified 10ha of high lying south facing vineyards. Here the cooling ocean breezes from the icy Atlantic ensure perfect conditions for slow ripening, allowing the grapes to develop their intense flavours, complexity and finesse.
In the cellar: 20% of the Sauvignon Blanc was fermented and aged for 4 months in 300 litre French Oak barrels (80% new). The remaining components were fermented in stainless steel tanks and left on the fine lees.
Cellar door price: approx. R150 per bottle. Available from the Groote Post cellar door, online at https://groote-post-wines.myshopify.com and at select fine wine merchants around the country.
I reserve Sundays for my finest cooking. Having long earmarked my bottle of Seasalter 2020 for a Sunday affair, it was obvious that I should prepare from the pantry of the sea. I invested in two plump sides of yellowtail, which was oven-grilled in EVOO olive oil and lemon juice. Seasoned with freshly cracked black pepper, sea salt flakes and a handful of herbs from the garden, it was a beautiful tribute to our seas.
Flanked by a roasted butternut and rocket salad, it was a delicious feast, interspersed with clinking glasses and that satisfying glug when glasses are filled.
Yet another stunning peacock feather in the Pentz-family’s cap, the release of the Seasalter 2020 was a definite highlight of this crazy year. A stunning gift for Christmas or for pure self-indulgence – invite a little Darling to your feast this holiday.
Thank you so much, Groote Post, for this incredible wine and its incredible story. As I cheers’ed a glass of Seasalter with The Tall Hedonist, I was momentarily reminded that there was definitely good that came out of 2020.
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; 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.
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