The Pentz family acquired Darling property Groote Post in 1972 and originally concentrated on dairy farming. The end of home deliveries of milk driven by the rise in power of the supermarkets towards the close of the 1980s plus the end of KWV’s statutory powers and consequent revitalisation of the wine industry saw the Pentzes embrace wine. Vineyards were planted in 1993 and the firs wine under own label was produced in 1999.
Today there are 100ha of vineyard on this 3 000ha property, co-owner Nick Pentz saying he intends planting a further 40ha of vineyard over the next 15 years. It’s all about economies of scale here – roughly a third of plantings are Sauvignon Blanc and these crop at approximately 10 tons a hectare. Groote Post makes between 7 000 and 8 000 cases of standard-label Sauvignon Blanc, the 2013 selling for R79 a bottle from the cellar door.
At a tasting to mark the label’s 15th anniversary, the following were the two stand-out wines:
Kapokberg Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (previously labelled as “Reserve”)
Lime, pear and nettles. Pure and concentrated with arresting acidity and a long, dry finish. Severe and therefore not exactly easy drinking but impressive, even so.
Kapokberg Pinot Noir 2012
Last was 2009 and it’s admirable to see a winery only release a reserve when quality is up to scratch. Red and black cherry, some musky perfume and a hint of toasty oak. Full but balanced with a good concentration, fresh acidity and a hint of oak spice.