Sometimes in life it’s necessary to go off the beaten track. This is where the interesting stuff can be found.
Groote Post is located about an hour out of Cape Town up the West Coast and near the small town of Darling and forms part of the small but special Darling Wine Route. The terroir and the farm’s location – which is only 7km’s from the cold Atlantic ocean, is what creates perfect conditions for the making of Sauvignon Blanc and the Darling Hills are home to some of the best viticulture sites in South Africa.
I have been drinking and loving Groote Post wines for many years and have always wanted to visit the farm. The opportunity finally came about when my friend Christopher Cosgrove (who is a wine guru and the chairman of my old wine club Cellar Rats in Joburg), and I were heading off to the Swartland Revolution weekend. We thought we would swing past and say hello to one of my favourite winemakers, sip his bubbly and see the farm for the first time.
I stumbled across these tasting notes from a Groote Post tasting at Cellar Rats in 2007. I loved the wines then and scored them very highly. And yes my handwriting is beyond abominable.
I found the rusticness of Groote Post refreshing and felt in a way like I had stepped back in time. Hilda’s Kitchen (voted in the top 10 country-style restaurants in 2012 eat Out awards) is situated in the old manor house and booking is essential. The food is delicious country cuisine, and after sampling 9 dishes I can highly recommend that you make Groote Post a destination for a day trip.
We enjoyed both the Groote Post Old Mans Sparkle MCC and Luka’s own MCC, Aurelia which is one of my favourite SA sparkling wines.
The Riesling stood out as did the GP Reserve Sauvignon Blanc which had good minerality, was well-balanced with nice soft acid. Their multi-award-winning Shiraz is a showstopper. So really for me, Groote Post wines hit the trifecta of my favourites (Bubbly, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz).
Lovely desserts to the round off a fabulous meal with fabulous wines and the company of Lukas Wentzel. I can’t wait to go back.
Tel: +27.224922825 Fax: +27.224922693
Booking is essential for the restaurant which is:
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Closed on Christmas day, New year’s day and Good Friday
Dinner by arrangement
Visit the website for directions and any other information. We decided to use GPS to get to the farm and landed up taking a very unusual route directly through Atlantis (which I don’t recommend). So consult a map too.