Now in its third year, the Carl Everson Chenin Blanc from Slanghoek winery Optstal is emerging as something very special.
From a vineyard planted in 1980, the wine undergoes and maturation for 10 months in a combination of 300-litre and 500-litre French oak barrels, none new.
The nose of the recently released 2014 billows with white and yellow peaches through pineapple while a mushroom-like quality and a subtle yeastiness add interest. The palate is juicy and full but balanced – lovely fruit expression combined with a smart line of acidity to ensure the wine stays on course. The texture meanwhile is thick but not unctuous and the finish is long and savoury, managing to evoke both pithiness and bitter almonds. A particularly deft offering and what’s more, great bang for your buck at R140 a bottle.