Seasalter is Groote Post’s highly acclaimed flagship Sauvignon Blanc, with a 10% semillon component and a touch of oak, a a beautifully composed complex wine with the sauvignon’s zesty acidity and vibrancy perfectly balanced by the richer notes and fuller mouth feel added by the semillon component.
It was with much excitement and pride that Groote Post released their limited-edition maiden Seasalter in 2015.
The Darling Hills are blessed with deep, high clay content soils, gracious southern slopes and cooling winds off the icy Atlantic Ocean only 6 km away, the perfect terroir conditions for sauvignon blanc, which has been Groote Post’s standout varietal since its maiden release in 1999. It was therefore fitting that a sauvignon blanc would emerge as Groote Post’s flagship white wine.
After years of experimenting with the 40ha of sauvignon blanc grapes on the farm, the team identified 10ha of high-lying south-facing vineyards. Here the cooling ocean breezes from the icy Atlantic ensure perfect conditions for slow ripening, allowing the grapes to develop their intense flavours, complexity and finesse – exactly the style Groote Post wants to capture for Seasalter. The team is looking for more fruit and less greenness in the grapes, so they open up the canopies and harvest a little later, in the cool early hours of the morning to retain optimum freshness and flavour.
Groote Post’s Seasalter 2021 is wonderfully expressive in the nose exuding fragrant guava and gooseberry nuanced by blackcurrant and citrus notes with subtle aromas of kelp and passion fruit. This complex and integrated nose follows through onto the palate with captivating yellow fruit and a zesty lime acidity with hints of fynbos, sea-breeze and a touch of oak. Rich layered and long, this subtly powerful blend is intense but not weighty: an elegant, well-balanced wine showing typical Darling minerality, vibrant acidity and some leesy complexity before a saline finish.
Seasalter is an excellent food wine, best served with West Coast seafood of course. The 2021 vintage is available from the Groote Post cellar door, online at https://groote-post-wines.myshopify.com/collections/all and at select fine wine merchants around the country at an approximate retail price of R159.