Notes from the winemaker
After spontaneous fermentation (alcoholic and malolactic) and a minimalistic approach in the winery, this wine was aged in old 225L French oak for 10 months and shows a reserved citrus freshness of lemon and lime, plenty of apricot fruit and subtle fynbos spice on the nose. An attractive oily texture is my highlight of this 2017 vintage with a lingering and elegantly structured finish on the palate. This is a great food wine and would drink well for 5+ years to come.
The story behind the barber
Attie Louw grew up on a sheep farm in the Karoo, just outside Brandvlei. In the early 1940’s he had to join the armed forces during the second World War, aged 19. When he returned he established himself in Worcester and opened up a barber shop where he worked for 7 years as a barber. He then married Ansie, who inherited Opstal from her father, Carl Everson. Attie went on to become a very successful farmer and winemaker under the guidance of his father-in-law Carl Everson. Today we are very grateful that he in fact lay down his clipper and scissors to work with grapes and make wine.