Family owned wine farm Opstal Estate, situated in the heart of the Slanghoek Wine Valley, was recently awarded its first 5-star rating for the Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012 in the authoritative and internationally recognized 2014 Platter’s South African Wine Guide, due for release this month.
Opstal was one of 11 wineries to receive the sought after 5-star rating for the first time. A total of 7 434 wines were judged by a panel of esteemed judges who selected 80 wines for the prestigious 5 star rating.
The Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012 is made from 33 year old vines, naturally fermented and matured in old oak French barrels with minimalistic cellar intervention, the Slanghoek terroir is brought to the fore in this Premium Chenin Blanc. The result is a wine boasting complex notes of white peach, squashed pineapple and pear on the nose, whilst the palate is well rounded due to ten months on the fermentation lees, yet a balanced acidity retains the fresh elegance of this varietal.
‘We are extremely proud, humbled and grateful. It’s is a feather in the cap of all at Opstal Estate and I view this as a big step in our journey towards the ever purer expression of the beautiful and unique Slanghoek Terroir,’ says winemaker Attie Louw, who is also a finalist in this year’s Diner’s Club Young Winemaker of the Year Award.
Retailing for approximately R120 per bottle the Carl Everson will be available from 1 December at Vino Pronto, Wine Cellar and Wine @ the Mill, and restaurants Belthezar and A Tavola, or directly from the farm.