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Over-delivers by the bucket load: Opstal Chenin Blanc 2017

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 come from the farm’s highest parcels 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.

 

Opstal Chenin Blanc

 

Opstal is best known for the Carl Everson Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc; their much-awarded expression of a 36-year-old single vineyard in the Slanghoek Valley. The latest 2017 release is a touch tighter and more restrained than previous vintages, however, it still has the trademark fruit weight and depth. Once again, as one of the finest wines from the Breedekloof Valley, it is an absolute steal.

Opstal Chenin Blanc 2017Opstal Carl Everson 2017

 

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