{sparkling} A West Coast Cap Classique: Groote Post introduces Brut

The opening of a bottle of Cap Classique is always a moment filled with anticipation. The much awaited addition of the Groote Post Vineyards‘ Brut to their impressive line-up was surely a cause for celebration in The Little House.

Introduction

A bottle of bubbles deserves a loud celebration as the cork explodes into the sky. An absolute labour of love, a tribute to patience and the passing of time, the master craft of Cap Classique making is worth celebrating ten times over for the amount of passion captured in each bottle.

Every time I unwrap the foil from a bottle of bubbles, there’s a nervous energy fluttering at my heart. The twist of the cork, the thrill of the release, the dainty plume followed by a cascade of micro-bubbles along the side of the bottle – this ceremonious occasion never disappoints, and always brings me great joy.

I was incredibly excited when I received a bottle of Groote Post Brut towards the end of last year. Having been a loyal fan and supporter of Groote Post since the start of The Little Hedonist, I knew it was going to be exquisite. Because the Pentz family (and by extension their incredible winemaker, Lukas Wentzel) has a whole lot of heart to fit into their bottles, and this one would be no different.

Click here to read my review on Groote Post’s Seasalter 2020!
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Click here to read about my visit to the Groote Post farm and Hilda’s Kitchen!
Click here to read my review on Groote Post’s Salt of the Earth 2015!

Background

We are always very excited at Groote Post when we welcome a new wine to our portfolio,” says Nick Pentz, “especially when it is a wine that sparkles with promise after a challenging year, its millions of tiny bubbles lifting spirits, adding joy to hearts and smiles to faces. Everyone knows that there is something magical about popping open a bottle of one’s favourite Cap Classique.”

Tasting notes:  zesty notes of green apple and white pear with hints of brioche, a well-rounded velvety yet lively mouthfeel and a crisp lingering finish.
In the vineyard: 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir
In the cellar: We do a traditional whole bunch pressing, and for the Brut, we only use the first free-run juice (200 litres per ton) of the Pinot Noir, to prevent too much colour extraction. The juice undergoes fermentation in stainless steel tanks and spends three months on the lees thereafter. As a non-vintage wine, we have the luxury of making up the final blend from different vintages. The wine undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle and matures for 14-20 months on the lees. Thereafter the disgorging and dosage take place.
Cellar door price:   
approx. R172 per bottle

Sparkling sorbet

The Groote Post team also sent me a slab of De Villiers Honeycomb chocolate to enjoy with their Brut. It is a premium quality milk chocolate bar, containing 30% cocoa solids. This bar is made using ethically sourced Rainforest Alliance certified Ugandan cocoa beans. The honeycomb is folded into the chocolate and handcrafted in their own confectionery kitchen. This chocolate is free from hydrogenated fats, gluten and GMO’s.

Always wanting to make use of the season’s abundance, I made quick mango and granadilla sorbet, hardly being able to wait for it to freeze. I didn’t want to pair this incredibly aromatic Cap Classique with heavy food or strong flavours, but I did want to enhance and add to the already-there vibrancy of this West Coast gem.

A sparkling sorbet is a timeless classic, and in this instance I knew why. In my quest not to overwhelm, I realised this Cap Classique didn’t have a need for much; Groote Post made sure it was full to the brim before bottling.

I took out my beloved Riedel Sours glasses for the pour. With their beautifully wide mouths, they are eagerly awaiting the perfect ball of sunny sorbet, along with the fizz and sparkle of the Brut. The wide brim allows you to envelop your senses fully in the creaminess of the Cap Classique, intermingled with the tropical tang of the fruit.

When the vibrant fizz eventually settled down to little rows of slow-rising bubbles, I was left with a golden sundowner, every bit as beautiful as a West Coast sunset. Call it a dessert, a cocktail or even a mixed drink, it was simply stunning in its dusky hues.

In conclusion

If you’ve not visited Groote Post yet, make a family day of it. Book a table at Hilda’s Kitchen and indulge in traditional classics with a Groote Post fine-dinging twist. Have a leisurely wine tasting at the cellar or take a walk to the bird hide. Have a picnic. Jump onboard the game drive vehicle and get some fresh air as Nick takes you on a  guided farm drive. And at the end of the day, as you marvel at the beauty of Groote Post, raise a glass of Brut to a day well spent.

Thank you, Groote Post, for including me in your journey, as we celebrate yet another of your unique West Coast wines!

Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated / credited, are also my own.

The Little Hedonist endorses responsible drinking.
Don’t drink and drive. Not for persons under 18.

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