Opstal The Barber Semillon 2019
By Christian Eedes, 13 September 2021
Semillon was by far the most planted grape variety in the early 19th century and part of the reason is surely that it performs well under a wide variety of growing conditions. While plantings are now greatly reduced, there are still excellent examples from across the winelands, The Barber from Breedekloof property Opstal a case in point.
The 2019 (price: R310 per bottle) underwent spontaneous fermentation before maturation lasting 10 months in old oak. Citrus, peach, hay and dried herbs on the nose while the palate shows extraordinary fruit concentration and texture given an alcohol of just 11.4%. There’s also a great line of acidity and the finish is long and savoury. Should only get better with time in bottle.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
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