Groote Post’s The Old Man’s Blend range comprises seriously good wines at seriously good prices. With their stylish eye-catching packaging and Happy Father’s Day neck-tags for personalised messaging, these wines will make for super Father’s Day gifts.
The Old Man’s Blend range came into being in 2001 at the behest of ‘The 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.
Groote Post’s The Old Man’s Blend White 2014 (see feature image), is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (60%), Chenin Blanc (30%) and Semillon (10%). This Sauvignon Blanc based summer wine is fresh and zesty and brimming with citrus and grapefruit. The Chenin Blanc and Semillon components lend intensity and depth to the wine. The three varietals that make up the blend are kept separate throughout the winemaking process and then blended in different ratios until the final blend meets The Old Man’s approval. Winemaker, Lukas Wentzel, proudly states that “this wine is sure to be a terrific value-for-money crowd pleaser” – and at a retail price of around R64, this is a bargain which is hard to beat!
Groote Post’s The Old Man’s Blend Red 2014, which retails at approximately R68, is a blend of Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Shiraz (20%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). It is an easy-drinking soft and smooth blended red wine. White pepper, spice and raspberry are prominent on the nose with soft and ripe tannins giving an elegant finish. During the winemaking and 10 months wood maturation, the cultivars are kept apart, and The Old Man, Peter Pentz, takes part in rigorous tasting sessions to decide on the final blend.
The Groote Post Old Man’s Blend Red 2013 Magnum will also be sporting a Happy Father’s Day neck-tag and will be retailing for around R148.