Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012
By Christian Eedes, 12 July 2013
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.