We recently visited Groot Phesantekraal wines for a wine tasting and found a lovely spot! I wanted to re-visit the wine farm, as I had last been ages ago, but had never experienced a wine tasting there before. I'd heard great things about their white wines in particular and was keen to experience it for myself.
It's quite an old farm as it dates back to 1698 when the land was given to its first owner, Olof Bergh, by Governor Simon van der Stel. In 1759, the property was then sold to the Louw family and later purchased by Arend Brink in 1897.
The present fourth-generation owner, Andre Brink, together with his wife Ronelle, planted vineyards on the farm and their boutique winery is now under the expert management of Thys Louw from Diemersdal Wine Farm.
I loved the interior of Groot Phesantekraal. It's very modern, with a lot of light and a welcoming feel. I really loved their jars on shelves against the wall (see below). The jars are filled with the flavours and spices that can be found in their wines, and also those that would pair well with the wines. How cool is that?
The wine tasting is very reasonably-priced. For just R30, you can taste five wines:
- Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Chenin Blanc 2017
- Anna De Koning 2016 (barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc)
- Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
- Shiraz 2015
All of the wines are lovely, but I particularly liked the white wines. The Sauvignon Blanc was great! It's a fruity, youthful wine with flavours of asparagus, peas, cut grass and lemongrass. Being further away from the sea, in comparison to the other wine farms in the Durbanville Wine Valley, this Sauvignon Blanc is more guava-like and less grass-like than you would typically expect. I didn't find it as sharp as a 'typical' Durbanville Sauvignon Blanc and so I was pleased by the tropical fruitiness of the wine. I think it would be the perfect summer wine - paired with a picnic! It has also recently achieved a Double Gold at the recent Veritas Awards! And at just R72 a bottle, I really feel that you are getting a bargain.
I also really enjoyed the Chenin Blanc (see below). Groot Phesantekraal's Chenin Blanc is also unique as they make use of bush vines. This makes the fruit more concentrated and quite complex, although there is less of it. This wine has flavours of stone fruit, pineapple and quince. It's an unwooded Chenin Blanc, which I much prefer. You can pair this wine with just about anything, but I reckon it's an ideal sushi wine.
Another great wine worth a mention is the Anna De Koning (pictured on the left, below). (Don't you just love the label?) It's a barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc with flavours of melon fruit, peach and apricot and sweet flavours of marmalade, almonds and honey. It's packed with flavour, also drawing from the bush vine chenin used in the Chenin Blanc. This can be paired with a decent seafood platter. Yum!
Groot Phesantekraal is currently running a special offer where you can buy a bottle of the Anna De Koning and a bottle of the Chenin Blanc together for just R120. We thought this was a good deal and bought the pack of two for ourselves. The Anna De Koning is only made in small quantities. We tasted the 677th bottle out of only 2500, so it's something quite special.
You can have your wine tasting inside, but if the weather is nice, we'd recommend that you sit outside. We sat outside and enjoyed our Shiraz (see below). They have a lovely garden, outside tables and umbrellas. They are currently building an outdoor area cover, so that guests can sit in the shade outside, which will be a really enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
After your wine tasting, you can pop round to their Restaurant (see below). As you can see in the photograph, the house that the restaurant is in has been there since 1767. It has obviously been restored to it's current condition, and houses an original stone floor and wooden beams.
I've been here before, a long time ago, and we had a cheese platter, but their menu is a lot more varied than that. They serve seasonal, contemporary but still country-style dishes that look delicious! I'll have to go back for that!
Overall, we had a great time! Groot Phesantekraal is such a gem, that I almost want to keep it a secret 🙂
You can visit the farm for a wine tasting from Tuesday to Friday from 08:00am to 16:30pm and on Saturdays from 09:30am to 14:30pm.
Contact: 021 825 0060
Address: Groot Phesantekraal Farm, Klipheuwel Way (R302), Durbanville, Cape Town
Star Rating: ****