A little about Opstal Wine Estate...
The vineyard is situated in the Slanghoek Valley. The region is surrounded by mountain ranges, which are often capped in snow during winter months. The snow-covered mountain keeps the temperature low and bud break takes place later than in most regions of South Africa. The cooler temperatures of the region results in slow-ripening grapes, leading to wine full in flavor but not high in alcohol.
The Slanghoek Valley is part of the greater Breedekloof Valley, an area which is agriculturally focused on wine and farms for no other product. This focus on wine production ensures reinvestment in the vineyards as well as constant improvement in technology. The focus the region has on wine has enabled it to support large volume production of quality wine. This ability to produce high quality on a large scale, means continuity of supply is guaranteed.
Sixpence - Red Blend 2014
This blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) and Merlot (35%). The Sixpence range is Opstal Wine Estate's lifestyle range. This wine is produced as an easy-drinking, everyday table wine. Wines from this region have slow-ripening vines, which results in wines that are full in flavor but not high in alcohol, which is certainly the case with this wine.
The cooler temperatures of the region results in wines low in tannins, which is exactly what you look for in an easy-drinking wine.
The wine is low in tannins and shows red berries, plum, and hints of coffee & chocolate, with a well-rounded finish.
ALC: 13.6 RS: 4.2 TA: 5.5 pH: 3.55
Sixpence - White Blend 2015
This blend consists of Sauvignon Blanc (50%) and Semillon (50%). The Sixpence range is Opstal Wine Estate's lifestyle range. This wine is produced as an easy-drinking, everyday table wine.. This is a fruit forward and balanced white blend. The warm South Africa climate, produced fruit forward tropical white wines, which is definitely true with this blend. The addition of Semillon contributes to the tropical characteristics, which adds to the complexity of the blend. The higher acidity from the cooler climate of this region, adds perfect balance to the wine.
Lots of ripe tropical fruit with a vibrant acidity and a well-rounded finish.
ALC: 13.1 RS: 4.1 TA: 5.8 pH: 3.40