Carl Everson was the visionary 4th generation farmer at Opstal Estate. These wines are a tribute to his perseverance and hard work, earthed in our family’s land, during tough times in the industry post-war.



CARL EVERSON - Chenin Blanc

Says winemaker, Attie Louw, “We always knew that this specific Chenin Blanc vineyard, was special, bearing fruit loaded with complex flavours and wine with a beautiful elegance in structure. As early as 1987 this vineyard received the accolade as the champion vineyard block in South Africa (see photo below). This is a premium vineyard from which a premium wine was made. It is thus a great honour and privilege to name this Chenin Blanc, the first wine in our Heritage Range, after our great grandfather, Carl Everson.”

Chenin Blanc & Family – the cornerstones of farming at Opstal.


CARL EVERSON - Cape Blend

Made from the best and carefully selected grapes on the farm, this is our flagship red wine. The 2016 vintage shows lovely cherry, mulberry and pepper spice aromas on the nose with a nuttiness from the barrel maturation. The structure of this wine is medium to full bodied, with the Cinsault providing an elegantly fresh and zippy palate, finishing dry.



CARL EVERSON - Cape White Blend

This is a new addition to our Heritage Range and the Carl Everson label, and in fact a further emphasis on our focus on Chenin blanc as this is a Chenin based blend. The idea behind this wine is to use the cultivars we grow on the farm in conjunction with Chenin as the backbone to show off the sexyness and fruit purity of our Slanghoek Valley terroir. And so, the Roussanne provides the linear direction while the Semillon, Viognier and Colombard sit pretty to claim all the attention.



STORY OF CARL EVERSON

Family (from left to right)
  1. Oupa Carl en Ouma Nellie Everson with daughters Magda and Ansie.
  2. Ouma Nellie and Oupa Carl with grandson and current owner Stanley.
  3. Elsabe Schoevers with her Oupa & Ouma.
  4. All te grandkids with Oupa – Ronel, Stanley and Elsabe

The Opstal team 30 years later, in 2017, in front of the Wen Blok.