In a nutshell: A rich, rounded and judiciously oaked South African Chenin Blanc
The lowdown: The vineyards for this wine are on the cool southerly sloping gravelly foothills of the Helderberg mountains which are ideal for making this style of Chenin Blanc. Owner and winemaker Nick Gebers says of his whites that their character is down to his hands off approach in the winery which is to interfere as little as possible in the natural winemaking processes. The result is a weighty and viscous wine with intense flavours of stone and tropical fruits, ripe orange, touches of sweet spice, and a long, honeyed finish. And it maintains a good acidity giving the wine precision and a satisfyingly clean finish.
When to drink: Drinking well now it'll also mature for a couple of years further allowing a further honeyed character to emerge. Seafood like scallops or lobster work well as does chicken or pork especially in rich creamy sauces.
Hermann Gebers bought the farm in 1981 in the picturesque area between the towns of Somerset West and Stellenbosch. Situated on a ridge, the winery offers panoramic views of Cape Point, False Bay and the surrounding Helderberg Mountains. This area is one of the preeminent wine regions in South Africa and falls under the ward of Stellenboch.
The farm was systematically planted to vineyard. In 1996, current owner and winemaker, Nick Gebers made a couple of experimental barrels. Two vintages later, and after a stint in Burgundy, the first vintage was released.
As the Homestead had originally operated as a Post Office, which used to serve the local missionary community of Raithby, it was a logical step to associate the wine with its postal origin. The winery was thus named Post House.
The property covers a total of 71 hectares of which 38 hectares falls under vineyard. Situated 7km from the False Bay coast between Somerset West and Stellenbosch, a breach in the coastal ridge channels the south and south west winds towards the vineyards and these being generally cool breezes helps moderate the summer temperatures.
The site, which was originally a mix of tobacco and bush wines up until the early 80s was systematically planted to vineyard, each vineyard was selected to what was considered the best cultivar match for the terroir.