Attie Louw, winemaker at Opstal in Slanghoek, relates that in 2016 in the case of the Carl Everson Chenin Blanc native yeast populations were smaller, available nutrients lower than usual making for an extended eight-month fermentation in barrel.
The nose is dead sexy with top notes of potpourri and dried herbs before peach and citrus. The palate appears less intensely flavoured compared to previous vintages but still pretty smart with pure fruit, fresh acidity and a nicely dry finish. Price: R175 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
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