IT’S Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16 – the perfect day for Dad to enjoy The Old Man’s Blend wines from Groote Post.
The Old Man’s Blend range came into being in 2001 at the behest of Groote Post’s “Old Man”, Peter Pentz, who asked the family to blend him a red wine to enjoy as his winter evening tipple. The enormous popularity of The Old Man’s Blend Red established a Groote Post tradition, with The Old Man’s Blend White subsequently added to the range.
The Old Man’s Blend White 2018 is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc and retails at about R81. The varietals are vinified separately, then blended in different ratios until the blend meets The Old Man’s approval. Displaying gorgeous tropical fruit notes, a fresh lively acidity livens the palate and lovely guava and green apple flavours linger on the finish.
The red (2018) is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc and retails at about R86. During the winemaking and wood maturation, the cultivars are kept apart, and The Old Man takes part in rigorous tasting sessions to decide on the final blend. This is a down-to-earth, ripe-fruit-driven blend. Cherry, mulberry and cedar wood are prominent on the nose with soft tannins on the palate giving a smooth finish.
These seriously good wines at seriously good prices, are available from the Groote Post cellar door, online and nationally at leading wine retailers and selected restaurants.
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 picnics and monthly country markets in the summer; 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.