Discovering Groote Phesantekraal in Durbanville

There is a lot going on in Durbanville, with Sauvignon Blanc of course a major focus in the valley.  Groote Phesantekraal on the Klipheuvel road on the back of Durbanville, is over 300 years old, and belongs to the Brink family, who also farm with sheep, cattle and plenty more.  The property is massive - over 800ha, with only 50 under vine. 
The Brink family have owned the farm for 120 years, and current owners André (Oubaas) and Ronelle Brink are kept very busy.
On Wed 18th Oct, however, they invited some lucky media to a tour through their wines at the farm, followed by a delicious lunch in their new restaurant, run by couple Maret and Juan van Deventer.

Many of the buildings are ancient old Cape Dutch design, and they have managed to combine old and new very successfully and aesthetically, using their old chicken coup (revamped of course) in a private tasting space.
In their new tasting room, they have a wall of beautifully presented glass bottles of tastes and aromas, which I really loved - so educational and attractive, with cut glass bottles used as their lights/chandeliers. 

As expected their Sauvignon Blanc is top end and recently achieved Top 10 FNB status, as well as getting Double Gold at Veritas. The wine is made by Etienne Louw, who also makes wine for Altydgedacht and has his own private label.  Etienne clearly knows what he is doing, as this is not the first time the Groot Phesantekraal Sauvignon Blanc has made the Top 10.
The Durbanville wineries are a small and tight group and the wines at Groote Phesantekraal are a testament to the close community as It seems almost every winery played a role with bottling, labelling as well as putting on the capsules.

Of course, this weekend (28 Oct)  is Seasons of Sauvignon Blanc in Durbanville, so if you are a fan, make sure you visit to get a taste of the country's best.