Attie Louw, winemaker at Slanghoek winery Opstal seems to be growing in confidence – first the very accomplished Chenin Blanc under the Carl Everson label and now a wooded Semillon from the 2013 vintage, named “The Barber”, after Louw’s grandfather who cut the hair of soldiers serving in Italy during World War II before he settled in Worcester where he first practised as a barber and later went farming.
It’s unusual in the best sense. Notes of lime, green apple and white peach, honey and vanilla but nothing obvious. Smooth textured but not heavy, the acidity nicely coated. All in all, deftly made and well worth the R150 a bottle asking price.