Groote Post Salt of The Earth 2018

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Lukas Wentzel
Main Variety - Shiraz
Alcohol - 14.43 %vol
pH - 3.58
RS - 2.4 g/l
Total Acid - 5.7 g/l


Type - Red
Style - Dry
Body - Full
Taste - Fruity


2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide - 4½ Stars
2020 Michael Angelo - Gold
2020 Old Mutual Awards - Silver

Tasting Notes

“Salt of the Earth” defined as being representative of the best, noblest elements of society. This wine is just that, with grapes sourced from pockets of excellence throughout the Darling wine district.

Blend Information

67% Shiraz, 33% Cinsault

In The Vineyard

Shiraz Vines Planted: 2001
Soil: Hutton
Yield: 6 t/ha
Irrigation: Supplementary
Trellising: 5 wire Perold
Elevation: 200m

Cinsault Vines Planted: 1976 
Soil: Hutton
Yield: 4 t/ha
Irrigation: None
Trellising: Bush vine
Elevation: 200m

About The Harvest

2018 was an excellent wine year with outstanding sugar and phenolic ripeness achieved throughout both cultivars.

In The Cellar

The grapes of both cultivars were harvested on the same day and fermented together in open top tank fermenters. The free run juice was kept separate and underwent malolactic fermentation in 500 litre barrels. After malolactic fermentation the wine was racked and then put back in barrel for 14 months. The wood selection was 60% new 500 litre oak barrels and 40% older 500 litre oak barrels.

Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Groote Post Salt of The Earth Shiraz 2020 Lukas Wentzel Shiraz
Groote Post Salt of The Earth Shiraz 2019 Lukas Wentzel Shiraz
Groote Post Salt of The Earth 2018 Lukas Wentzel Shiraz
Groote Post Salt of The Earth 2015 Lukas Wentzel Shiraz


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