Opstal The Barber Sémillon 2015
By Christian Eedes, 14 November 2016
While the 2013 vintage of The Barber Sémillon from Slanghoek property Opstal was a promising debut (see here), the follow-up 2015 (no 2014) seems just that little bit more striking, winemaker Attie Louw again showing that the Breedekloof needn’t stand back to any other wine-growing area in the country.
From a vineyard planted in 1998, the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation and was matured for 10 months in old oak. The nose is elusive with subtle notes of citrus, apple, white peach and hay plus a little yeasty complexity. The palate is rich and broad but still has a certain energy about it, while the finish is gently savoury – a very sophisticated offering. Price: R250 a bottle.
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