Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012

July 12, 2013
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 3 Comments

Game changer.

Game changer.

Breedekloof – the final frontier? Recently a stonking Chenin Blanc from Rawsonville grapes in the form of Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012 (see here) and now the Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012 from Opstal in the Slanghoek ward.

Made by Attie Louw with input from David Sadie of Lemberg and David Wines, the grapes come from a 2.5 ha vineyard planted in 1980 currently yielding around nine tons a hectare. Fermentation was spontaneous and maturation took place in old 225-litre barrels for 10 months.

Aromas of blossom, citrus and peach through honey and fresh bread billow from the glass. Seamlessly assembled, it possesses great concentration and bright acidity. It’s demanding – big in the best way with layers and layers of flavour – the kind of wine you could spend a good long while mulling over. Total production was 800 litres and the wine costs R120 a bottle.  

Score: 93/100.

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  1. BernardJuly 15, 2013 at 9:27 amReply


  2. Juli HuisamenJuly 15, 2013 at 9:11 amReply

    I agree Christian, both these Chenins are incredible and the Carl Everson is a steal at R120 a bottle – pity they made so few bottles!

  3. Hennie @ BatonageJuly 12, 2013 at 10:01 pmReply

    The question has got to be asked – if the Breedekloof can produce wines like these 2 Chenin Blancs, why do they insist on mass production supermarket wine!? I sincerely hope there are a few guys who are seeing the light and will start aiming for higher quality.

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