A Darling Shiraz Cinsault Blend – Groote Post, the beautiful historic farm owned by the Pentz family and situated in the Darling Hills on the Cape West Coast, has released a Shiraz/Cinsault blend named “Salt of the Earth”.
“Salt of the Earth” is defined as being representative of the best or noblest elements of society. This wine, a blend of 66% Shiraz & 34% Cinsault, is just that, with grapes sourced from pockets of excellence throughout the Darling Hills: low-yielding 17-year-old trellised shiraz and 42-year-old dryland bush vine cinsault.
The 2015 harvest conditions that produced these grapes were excellent, one of the best in years. Grape analyses were good, with low pH, good acidity and balanced sugar levels – the foundation for high quality wines. Smaller berries, and moderate temperatures during the harvest led to good colour and intense flavour.
The grapes of both cultivars were harvested on the same day and fermented together in open top tank fermenters. The free-run juice was kept separate and underwent malolactic fermentation in 500 litre oak barrels. After malolactic fermentation the wine was racked and then put back in barrel for 14 months – 60% new and 40% older 500-litre barrels.
Groote Post Salt of the Earth 2015
This full-flavoured blend of 66% Shiraz & 34% Cinsault abounds with cedarwood, plum, 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 a touch of spice, a subtle earthy mineral undertone and great length.
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.
Cellar door price: R240 per bottle.
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 till 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.
Prepared for Groote Post Vineyards by
Posy Hazell ·
- Tel 021 851 1563
Nick Pentz ·
- Tel 022 492 2825
Image Source, with permission: Photography & copyright: Alain Proust.