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Chenin Blanc

Opstal, Chenin Blanc 2017

R100

48 in stock

Notes

A string of Platter’s 5-star accolades proves that Attie Louw of Opstal knows a thing or two about producing top-end Chenin Blanc. When we asked the price of the newly released 2017 Opstal Chenin Blanc, we knew we were on to a winner! It could easily sell for double the price and has fast become a staff favourite.

While partially sourced from their famous Carl Everson vineyard, most of the grapes are sourced from the farm’s highest vineyards which lie 340m above sea level against the Badsberg mountains. The winemaking is minimalist. Focusing on freshness, the grapes are picked early and then raised in large foudres and stainless steel tanks. This is not, however, a simple smash and grab wine. It is nuanced and, as it opens up, it expresses more finery and detail.

Viticulture:
Grapes were crushed, destalked and pressed after 8 hours of skin contact. Spontaneous fermentation – 75% in large French Oak vessels called Foundre, and 25% in stainless steel. Ageing of 8 months maturation on the fermentation lees in both oak and stainless steel.

Tasting notes:
'Fresh and clean to start, it is vibrant with a promise of weighty fruit to follow. Picked a little earlier, it celebrates freshness over concentration. Mostly sourced from the highest, and cooler, Opstal vineyards planted in 1997. The crisp fruit evolves in the glass to showcase further layers and complexity. Can be enjoyed as is, on its own, or served at the table. The nuanced, pure fruit makes it a steal at this price.' – James Pietersen (October 2018)

'25% is from the Carl Everson vineyard and 75% from the highest planted Chenin vineyard on the estate – 375m above sea level. 75% of the wine spent eight months in old 2 500-litre Foudres and 500-litre old French oak barrels with 25% unoaked. Pear, citrus and white peach on the nose. Good fruit concentration and fresh acidity before a pithy finish. Not too complex – clean and refreshing. Alc: 13%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za

A string of Platter’s 5-star accolades proves that Attie Louw of Opstal knows a thing or two about producing top-end Chenin Blanc. When we asked the price of the newly released 2017 Opstal Chenin Blanc, we knew we were on to a winner! It could easily sell for double the price and has fast become a staff favourite.

While partially sourced from their famous Carl Everson vineyard, most of the grapes are sourced from the farm’s highest vineyards which lie 340m above sea level against the Badsberg mountains. The winemaking is minimalist. Focusing on freshness, the grapes are picked early and then raised in large foudres and stainless steel tanks. This is not, however, a simple smash and grab wine. It is nuanced and, as it opens up, it expresses more finery and detail.

Viticulture:
Grapes were crushed, destalked and pressed after 8 hours of skin contact. Spontaneous fermentation – 75% in large French Oak vessels called Foundre, and 25% in stainless steel. Ageing of 8 months maturation on the fermentation lees in both oak and stainless steel.

Tasting notes:
'Fresh and clean to start, it is vibrant with a promise of weighty fruit to follow. Picked a little earlier, it celebrates freshness over concentration. Mostly sourced from the highest, and cooler, Opstal vineyards planted in 1997. The crisp fruit evolves in the glass to showcase further layers and complexity. Can be enjoyed as is, on its own, or served at the table. The nuanced, pure fruit makes it a steal at this price.' – James Pietersen (October 2018)

'25% is from the Carl Everson vineyard and 75% from the highest planted Chenin vineyard on the estate – 375m above sea level. 75% of the wine spent eight months in old 2 500-litre Foudres and 500-litre old French oak barrels with 25% unoaked. Pear, citrus and white peach on the nose. Good fruit concentration and fresh acidity before a pithy finish. Not too complex – clean and refreshing. Alc: 13%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za

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Country

ZA

Region

Slanghoek

Style

White

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