Today’s Chardonnay is another cool climate origin from Groote Post but this time, wooded. I much prefer a wooded Chardonnay to an unwooded one but I do still appreciate the minerality in an unwooded version. This Chardonnay sits a little in between as it is still quite zesty – if you enjoy marmalade on toast then this one is for you. The almond scent that they describe in the tasting notes is extremely subtle but I can pick up a sort of salted butter hint. It is definitely sitting more on the lime side with fresh minerality. Definitely would be amazing with a creamy pasta with lots of garlic I would think. I tried it with a pineapple cheesecake and I was in heaven!
Here are the official tasting notes:
These Chardonnay grapes, small berries, are from high lying vineyards in the Darling Hills which are left hanging late into the season to become fully ripe. The juice was fermented in 300-litre French oak barrels and aged on the lees for 10 months, 25% new oak and 75% older oak. This wine has an appealing golden straw colour and an enticing nose of toasted almonds with lashings of butter and zesty lime marmalade on the palate. An elegant chardonnay, it is well integrated with the wood and has a creamy palate.
You can buy the 2016 wine online from Cybercellar.com for R180 a bottle here.
More about Groote post:
Originally dairy farmers, fourth generation Pentz men Peter and Nick Pentz, have worked hard to make the farm what it is today. You should definitely visit this farm during one of their Sunday Markets, it is an absolute delight.
For those in the know of the Darling area, this farm was once owned by a well known author, Hildagonda Duckitt. The Groote Post name is derived from its original status as the largest guarding post in the area, set up to protect cattle from marauding Hottentot stock thieves. Since buying Groote Post in 1972, the Pentz family later added the adjoining farm, the historic Klawer Valley, and today the combined farms total 3 000 hectares.