Our wines making waves in competitions

Sommeliers recently selected their top wines in the annual South African Sommeliers Selection - a wine competition judged solely by wine stewards in categories consumers will typically find on a ‘wine list’ -and wines from the Breedekloof Wine Valley produced an impressive result.

In this competition, winning are referred to as ‘Listed Wines’ and are listed on the valued Sommeliers Selection wine list. This wine list is distributed countrywide to trade and restaurants as an indication of wines that come highly recommended by this panel of esteemed South African sommeliers.

Entries are judged blind, and scrutinised for their food appropriateness and their gastronomical relevance. The judging panel considers the stylistic approach to wines, their regionality and price points.


During the recent second Signature Red Blend Report that was released last week our Carl Everson Cape Blend 2015 scored a very commendable 91 on the 100 point scale. As 1 of 20 wines recognised and awarded this wine is living up to his billing as our estate’s flagship red.
37% Pinotage, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Shiraz and 5% Cinsaut. Top notes of flowers, fynbos and musk before red and black berries. Relatively light bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins – a pretty wine.

Christian Eeds suggests that “The Barber Sémillon 2016 from Slanghoek property Opstal is a knock-out. Grapes from a vineyard planted in 1998, fermentation occurred spontaneously before maturation in old oak lasting 10 months. The nose shows hay, pear, peach, naartjie and a little spice. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and greasy but not without verve thanks to tangy acidity – intensely flavoured with a savoury, almost bitter finish.” There are only 5 cases left of the total production so jump if you want to share in this unique experience. If you want to place a order please email wine@opstal.co.za

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