As wine enthusiasts, we know that every bottle has a story to tell, a journey that led to its creation, and a unique blend of elements that make it extraordinary. The 2023 Pinch of Salt Chardonnay from Groote Post Vineyards is no exception. This exceptional wine isn’t just a delightful addition to your collection; it’s a tribute to tradition, terroir, and the art of winemaking. Join us as we explore the captivating tale of this exquisite chardonnay.
A Dash of Inspiration: A Pinch of Salt for Wine
Salt, a fundamental ingredient in life, has countless uses, but here’s one you may not have heard of: the 14,001st use of salt belongs to Groote Post Vineyards. Nestled on the Cape West Coast, this vineyard draws inspiration from salt to craft innovative and exceptional wines.
A Grain of Salt at Zeitz MOCAA
To celebrate the launch of their latest creation, the 2023 Pinch of Salt Chardonnay, Groote Post chose a remarkable venue – the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). This internationally acclaimed institution, renowned for its reimagined interior inspired by a single grain of corn, set the stage for seasoned history. On October 24, this exceptional chardonnay found its place in the spotlight, surrounded by art, culture, and wine enthusiasts.
A Tradition of Distinction: Groote Post’s Journey
Groote Post Vineyards has a long history of crafting wines that stand out from the crowd. Recognizing the unique qualities of their cool-climate Darling origin, they’ve embraced innovation, and it shows in their distinct labels. In 2015, they introduced the “Salt of the Earth” blend of Shiraz and Cinsaut, as well as “Seasalter,” a Sauvignon Blanc that rejuvenated the West Coast wine scene. Both these brands have earned their place at the table of premium wine lovers.
All About Chardonnay: The Dry Spell Ends
For nearly a decade, Groote Post embarked on a journey to redefine their chardonnay. They replanted their vineyards, carefully choosing superior clones and ideal locations for this grape variety. The Pentz family, owners of Groote Post, aimed to combine innovation with tradition. The result is the 2023 Pinch of Salt Chardonnay, a testament to their commitment.
The Birth of Pinch of Salt: South-Facing Vines with Ocean Views
Standing on the highest hill on the farm, you can feel the salty wind and the warmth of the Swartland sun. This is where the chardonnay vineyards have thrived for over three decades. The 2023 Pinch of Salt was born in this south-facing dryland vineyard with a view of the ocean.
A Symphony of Flavors: Clay, Steel, and Wood
Winemaker Lukas Wentzel, the salt of Groote Post, crafted this chardonnay with precision. His recipe called for three key elements: 50 % stainless steel for a crisp character, 30 % French oak for richness, and 20 % ancient clay amphora for a unique blend. Just as a pinch of salt enhances every dish, these components create layers of flavour and depth. The result is a lightly wooded 2023 vintage with fresh acidity, minerality, and a zesty structure.
Tasting the Symphony: Fresh Stone Fruit and Zesty Citrus
When you savour the 2023 Pinch of Salt Chardonnay, you’ll be greeted by fresh stone fruit and vibrant citrus notes. The taste is characterized by steely minerality, crisp citrus, and yellow stone fruit flavours, all complemented by a long zesty acidity. It’s a masterpiece of balance, and no additional pinch of anything is needed.
Pairing Perfection: Fish Cakes and Balsamic Vinaigrette
This Pinch of Salt Chardonnay is the ideal companion for a delightful meal. It pairs perfectly with fish cakes and a light salad dressed in balsamic vinaigrette.
How to Get Your Pinch of Salt
Ready to experience this exquisite chardonnay? You can find #PinchofSalt at the Groote Post cellar door and select fine wine merchants across the country. The approximate retail price is R220.
Visit Groote Post: A Day of Salt and Wine
If you’re near Cape Town, you’re invited to visit the farm, which is just an hour’s drive away. Enjoy a culinary experience at Hilda’s Kitchen, a picnic amidst nature, game drives, or birdwatching. Wine tasting is available daily from 10:00 to 16:00 (closed on certain holidays).
For more information, visit Groote Post’s website or contact Groote Post at tel 022 492 2825 or via email at email@example.com. Join the conversation with #PinchofSalt on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Experience the magic of Pinch of Salt and Groote Post for yourself. Cheers to a Pinch of Salt that makes every moment worth savouring.