Just around the corner from where I live in Durbanville, is Groot Phesantekraal who are celebrating their 320th anniversary which dates back to 1698! WOW!
Records show that by 1756 some 40 000 vines had been planted on Groot Phesantekraal. In 1759 the property was sold to the Louw family and later purchased by Arend Brink in 1897. Primarily devoted to mixed farming (grains, cattle and sheep), fourth generation current custodians André (Oubaas) and Ronelle Brink planted vineyards covering 50ha of its 840ha expanse in 1996. These replaced mostly old bush vines from which father Rennie harvested grapes to supply what is now Distell as well as some leading Stellenbosch wineries for their top-quality labels. Since launching their own wine label in 2005, André and Ronelle Brink continue to sell the majority of their grapes, primarily Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz to big-name cellars, retaining only some 50 tons for their own wines.
Just over 120 years of Brink family ownership, the exemplary heritage estate peacefully tucked away on the outskirts of Durbanville, is once again in celebration mode!
Fourth generation owners, André and Ronelle Brink, are celebrating with the launch of their Saturday Lawn Menu and reflecting on a very good year which saw strong recognition for their wines, including:
- Groot Phesantekraal Chenin Blanc 2018: 2018 Michelangelo Double Gold
- Groot Phesantekraal Berliet Pinotage 2017: 2018 Michelangelo Gold
- Groot Phesantekraal Cabernet Sauvignon 2015: 2018 Veritas Gold
These accolades are a much-appreciated follow-on from the success of their wines in 2017.
I was fortunate to try the Chenin Blanc 2018.
Made by Etienne Louw, this wine is clean and crisp with summery stone fruit, pineapple, quince and some spice on the nose. Unwooded and fresh, yet intensely fragranced thanks to 56-year-old bush vines offering effortless fruit concentration and complexity. Appetising, lip-smacking, bone dry finish. Ideal al fresco summer sipper, great on its own, but also with scallops, fried calamari or smoked chicken salad. Only R55 at the cellar door. What a bargain!
It was only one year ago that the Brink family launched their Groot Phesantekraal wines, which included a maiden Blanc de Blanc 2015 Cap Classique and flagship Berliet Pinotage 2016 as well as an award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc.
- Groot Phesantekraal Sauvignon Blanc 2017: Winner of a 2017 Veritas Double Gold and a prestigious place amongst the 2017 FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blancs
- Groot Phesantekraal Chenin Blanc 2017: 2017 Gold Wine Awards medallist
- Groot Phesantekraal Cabernet Sauvignon 2015: Michelangelo 2017 Gold medallist
GROOT PHESANTEKRAAL WINES
With four generations of grape farming weaved into the Brink family’s story, André and Ronelle fulfilled a life-long dream in 2005 when they launched their own family wine brand, Phizante Kraal Wine, in very small quantities. The wines were made for the Brinks by family friend, Thys Louw (Diemersdal Estate). The past couple of years have seen some changes. Etienne Louw of Altydgedacht has taken over as winemaker and all the wines have been rebranded. Phizante Kraal, one of the names of the farm during its long history, was changed to the current name of the farm, Groot Phesantekraal, in 2017, and the new wine labels include the Brink family crest.
To purchase Groot Phesantekraal wines, please call 021 825 0060
or visit www.grootphesantekraal.co.za/our-wines
Being newly launched, the wines are available at the farm and at select wine merchants but will become more widely available in due course.
A visit to Groot Phesantekraal
Just 20 minutes from Cape Town, tucked within the Tygerberg Hills, a wonderful welcome awaits you: beautiful gardens, historic white-washed buildings and spectacular views across the valley. This is tranquillity at its best and you are about to be spoilt with an excellent selection of wines and exquisitely presented gourmet food in their authentically restored restaurant housed in the farm’s original stable.
Sip Groot Phesantekraal wines and awaken your tasting senses by comparing your experience with over 100 scents stacked up against the wall: black cardamom, szechuan pepper, eucalyptus, nougat, cut-grass, coconut, cloves, ginger, vanilla, cumin seeds… to name just a few. In addition to the range of wines, Groot Phesantekraal’s very own extra virgin olive oil is available at the tasting room for R70 a bottle. Next door is the original chicken coop where private tastings are held. Or perhaps you prefer an informal outdoor tasting on the grassy terrace where you can enjoy a delectable cheese and charcuterie platter while sipping your wine and gazing across vineyards and farmlands.
One of the oldest farms in Durbanville, the rich heritage is woven into the very fabric of the estate, most notably in the elegantly rustic restaurant located in the original stable that dates back to 1767: a charming mixture of past and present. The white-washed plastered walls, original stone floors, open-beam thatched roof and original feeding troughs blend seamlessly with modern touches and wonderful views over the rolling hills and mountains beyond.
The menus, based on a combination of contemporary country style and traditional cooking, provide hearty, wholesome meals; a perfect foil to the farm’s wines. The small but eclectic menu changes regularly according to seasonal availability as much of the produce used is sourced on the farm. These “favourites” remain on the menu but the trimmings and sides vary according to the season: steak, slow-roasted pork belly, pan-seared line-caught catch of the day and there is always an interesting vegetarian dish available. Delicious desserts include the popular Dark Chocolate Fondant.
Run by husband and wife team, Juan and Maret van Deventer, the restaurant is very popular for its Saturday brunch, the only wine farm in the valley to offer one – and offers breakfast and lunch from Tuesdays to Fridays. In addition to a Full Farmer’s Breakfast, popular choices include the Salmon Trout Bagel and Sweet Brioche French Toast.
Saturdays on the Lawn
New at Groot Phesantekraal, visitors can enjoy alfresco lunches on Saturdays. Overlooking rolling vineyards, parents can relax while their children run freely on the expansive lawns. The menu includes Fine Cheese and Meat Platters with Ciabatta (Everything is local: chorizo-style salami and a coppa ham with a cremona (SA gorgonzola), a jong belegen boerenkaas and a mature cheddar) as well as Chorizo or Caprese Pizza Platters, all served on wooden boards. There is always a Sweet Treat on offer to end the meal.
Opening hours and contact details
Wine Tasting & Sales: Open Tuesday to Friday: 08:00 – 16:30 · Saturday: 09:30 – 14:30
Restaurant: Open Tuesday to Friday: Breakfast: 8:00 – 11:00, Lunch: 12:00 – 15:00
Saturday Brunch: 09:00 – 14:30
Saturdays on the Lawn: 10:00 – 14:00
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Booking is essential
Tel: 021 825 0060
Tasting Room: firstname.lastname@example.org · Restaurant: email@example.com
Groot Phesantekraal Farm, Klipheuwel Way (R302), Durbanville 7550
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