Cape Wine 2015

Cape Wine is the flagship business showcase of the South African wine industry. Presented at the Cape Town International Convention Centre every three years by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), it is the most successful international wine trade show in the southern hemisphere.

Opstal will be there, from 15-17 September and we’re looking forward to making great new international contacts as well as to strengthen existing ties, all in an effort to grow our Opstal brand internationally.

Conservation in action

Today Stanley made a trip through our Kanolvlei Conservation Area with representatives from Cape Nature and important benefactors towards the alien clearing programme happening on our farm. Great progress has been made already, but there’s still plenty to do…

The small brown Hakea tree (that looks dead) is an alien plant which grows in most Western Cape mountains. Cape Nature’s biological attack is threefold - a fungus that attacks the leaves; a seed-eater; and a stem-borer. Effective, isn’t it…

Carl Everson is the Pick of the Bunch

We are very grateful for the achievements of our Carl Everson Chenin Blanc wine over the last 2 vintages. The 2013, which is currently available in the market (stores listed below), has just been voted as the Pick of the Bunch in the September issue of the WineLand magazine. The accolades we are receiving for this wine is a good and just reflection of the great site this old 34year old Chenin vines are on.

Click here to read the blog post from WineLand

Rave Review for Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2013

This past week we received a great review on our newly released Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2013. Well respected wine judge and critic from South Africa, Christian Eedes had this to say:

Was the magnificent Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012 from Rawsonville producer Opstal a fluke? Not on your life. The 2013 is, to my mind, even better – less oxidative and more purity of fruit. Honeysuckle, peach and a very subtle yeasty note on the nose. Poised and true on the palate, tingling acidity and a long, saline finish. There’s only one country in the world that can make wine quite like this and it’s South Africa. Score: 94/100.

After the great reception that the 2012 vintage received (including) a 5-star award in the Platter Wine Guide, we are excited and greatful for this review and it makes our job a very satisfying one…

Frosty Winter Pics

Wow - Winter was really quick on us this year… It’s the 11th of June and already we’ve had more than 300mm of rain in Slanghoek for June alone. And this morning it was freakin freezin in the vineyards! The pruning team are biting on their teeth, but they are experienced hands and get the job done no matter the conditions. We are grateful to have them as part of our team at Opstal!

Kanolvlei Conservation Area

Our sign is up and our Conservation area on the farm is now official. Kanolvlei forms part of the Breede Valley Alluvium, part of the unique Cape Floral Kingdom. We are in a stewardship programme with CapeNature. In the photo is owner Stanley and farm manager Gerhard Theron with Johnathan and Obert who’s in charge of the alien clearing program. It’s a project where they clear all the black wattles on the farm after hours (in the correct manner of course), and sell it for fire wood.

This forms part of our view and drive for sustainability and longevity in farming in the beautiful Slanghoek Valley.

5* rating in Platter Guide

We were recently awarded our first 5-star rating for the Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012 in the authoritative and internationally recognized 2014 Platter’s South African Wine Guide, due for release this month.

Opstal was one of 11 wineries to receive the sought after 5-star rating for the first time. A total of 7 434 wines were judged by a panel of esteemed judges who selected 80 wines for the prestigious 5 star rating.
The Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012 is made from 33 year old vines, naturally fermented and matured in old oak French barrels with minimalistic cellar intervention, the Slanghoek terroir is brought to the fore in this Premium Chenin Blanc. The result is a wine boasting complex notes of white peach, squashed pineapple and pear on the nose, whilst the palate is well rounded due to ten months on the fermentation lees, yet a balanced acidity retains the fresh elegance of this varietal.

‘We are extremely proud, humbled and grateful. It’s is a feather in the cap of all at Opstal Estate and I view this as a big step in our journey towards the ever purer expression of the beautiful and unique Slanghoek Terroir,’ says winemaker Attie Louw, who is also a finalist in this year’s Diner’s Club Young Winemaker of the Year Award.

Retailing for approximately R120 per bottle the Carl Everson will be available from 1 December at Vino Pronto, WineCellar and Wine @ the Mill, and restaurants Belthezar and A Tavola, or directly from the farm.

This is all the Chenin 5* winners for the 2014 Platter WIne Guide

Launch of Carl Everson Chenin Blanc

On Monday the 10th of June we launched our Heritage Range with the Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012 being the first addition to this premium wine range at Opstal. Made from 33 year old vines, naturally fermented and matured in old oak French barrels with minimalistic cellar intervention, the Slanghoek terroir is brought to the fore in this new release premium Chenin Blanc.

We had wine media guests and friends attending the event. Among them David Sadie (Swartland Independent winemaker who helped out winemaker Attie with this wine) and the guys from Fanakalo who designed the label.

In the backroom staff we had La Colombe sommelier Ewan Mackenzie who helped with the setup of the menu for the day, keeping in mind what works best with the Chenin and then he also helped in the kitchen with all the prep work and execution beforehand and on the day.

The day was great fun and the Chenin and food served was enjoyed by all. We are expecting big things from this wine and Monday was just the start…

For more info on the wine and the story behind it, visit our Heritage Range page.

Record Holiday Season

What a holiday season we’ve had at Opstal Restaurant this past 2 months… We have seen an increase of 30% in visitors/diners to the restaurant compared to the previous year. What a pretty site it is to see so many new faces visiting our valley.

The most popular dish proved to be the Lamb Shank and with compliments streaming in, management, the kitchen staff and waiters have lots to be proud of! And with harvest season and a whole bunch of weddings on the estate approaching we are again preparing for a busy period on the farm.

With dishes like these below, no wonder people are gunning to get to us.

Call us on 023 344 3001 or email restaurant@opstal.co.za to make your booking!

Sixpence in the medals

Last month was great for our 2012 Sixpence Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon wine. It lived up to it’s over achieving reputation in walking away with a Best Value Guide Award as well as a Gold medal at the International Michelangelo Awards. We are very proud and it seems even old Sixpence is jumping for joy…!

More proof of the quality in Sixpence…? See the testimonials by the guys and girls who know their wines.

Visit our Stockists Page to find the shops/restaurants that stock Sixpence

Testimonials on the award winning Sixpence white:

Cathy Marston - “It’s fresh and exuberant and not entirely bone dry which balances out the crisp acidity”

Melvyn Minnaar - “A lovely wine”

Michael Olivier - “Utterly, utterly delicious - such a lovely summertime wine”

Radio interview with our winemaker, Attie

Our winemaker, Attie Louw recently featured on the airwaves - in an interview with Michael Olivier on Fine Music Radio 101,3fm on his program - Talking Wine.

They talked about all things Opstal, with some great insight into our new white release - The Mill Iron.

Have a listen…

Planting season @ Opstal

It’s planting season at Opstal and this year we are on some tough terrain - steep, mountainous and rocky - perfect though for cultivating the best grapes for premium Opstal Cabernet Sauvignon…

Watch the team in action

A COMMUNITY UNITES AS SLANGHOEK PRIMARY CELEBRATES 2012 MANDELA DAY

Slanghoek Primary is a rural school in our valley that serves the community of Slanghoek, with many learners coming from impoverished homes in the area.

Established more than 50 years ago by the local Nederlands Gereformeerde Kerk, the school has grown from strength to strength and currently boasts 10 teachers and 268 learners.

The school continues to excel with the assistance of the local farming community and the involvement of not only their beneficiaries, but also programmes such as the Khanya Project which established the school’s computer laboratory. This enabled students to gain access to computers in the hope to develop skills in technology that will allow them to gain skilled employment and so not only send computer literate learners into the future, but assist in breaking the cycle of poverty.

The Slanghoek Wheelie Wagon initiative is a further addition to the school. This project enhances the exposure to the world of books, not only to learners but also adults from nearby farms.

Farmers are often criticized in the media for all the wrong reasons; however, in Slanghoek this is not the case as is evident of their active support at Slanghoek Primary. This small community school is the catalyst towards farmers and farm workers combining capital and manpower to improve the community.

Now the school and the community once again come together to celebrate Mandela Day on 18 July 2012 – a day traditionally viewed as an opportunity to plough back into the community.

Celebrations will be opened by Minister O’ Kennedy at 09h00, which will be followed by various speeches by community leaders. At 12h00 the school has the privilege of hosting the elderly for lunch and a spot of tea.

The rest of the day will be spent on the maintenance of the school buildings and grounds where town locals, farmers and scholars will all come together in unity and harmony, cementing relationships and forging new friendships.

We will be there and will be taking photos to report back the work done!

For further information on the day’s programme, please contact Katy Vass (Headmistress) on 023 355 1789

RWC Competition

With the 2011 Rugby World Cup now only a month away Opstal Estate feels it’s only right to get behind our Springboks. Yes, the Boks have had a dismal run the last year or so, but then we are also the most successful World Cup nation ever with a 2 out of 4 success rate…

So to help all of you doubters out there to get into the World Cup fever and further encourage the believers to strengthen their voice – Opstal will give away 60 bottles of wine for the 30 days leading up to the kickoff of the Rugby World Cup. But wait, there’s more… at the end of the competition a Grand Prize will be awarded to the person with most correct entries during the 30 days. For more info and to take part visit our Facebook page.

Opstal’s Blush for CANSA

Opstal’s popular dry Blush (made up of 77% Syrah and 23% Viognier) was used at an event in Cape Town to raise funds for CANSA.

The event was put together by Dr. Eve (Marleen Wasserman) and was hosted at the 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town on the 30th of October 2010. The theme was pink (that being the colour that symbolises breast cancer awareness) and all the food and drink served were pink. According to the project facilitator, Sally Mellish, the Blush for CANSA evening was a huge success.

We are proud to have been able to be a part of this great event.

Golden Michaelangelo medal!

We received a golden Michaelangelo medal for our Chardonnay Barrel Dessert wine!