Opstal Syrah / Viognier Blush 2018
R450.00 per case of 6 bottles
Cultivar: 55% Syrah, 45% Viognier.
Appellation: Breedekloof (Slanghoek Valley)
7th generation family-run Estate, well known for our hospitality and friendliness. Through this we would like to extend a warm invitation to all our wine & food loving friends to come and visit us on the Estate.
Opstal Estate is situated at the foot of the Slanghoek mountains in the heart of the breathtakingly beautiful Slanghoek Valley on the Breedekloof Wine Route. The valley forms part of the Breede River Valley with Worcester as the closest, large town.
Winemaker’s Comments – This wine is unique – the grapes are harvested together, pressed together and fermented together. Putting these cultivars together so early in the process allows more time for the aromas to meet and marry, combining the cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromas of the Syrah with the intensity of peach and apricot flavors from the Viognier. The lovely salmon color is a result of 4 hours of skin contact.
Pairs well with – Sushi, Summer Salads and Pastas, Chicken Pie
History of Blush – This wine was first made by current MD Stanley Louw in 2006 when there was an oversupply of red wine on the market. He used our syrah to make a light-colored, elegant dry rosé with some Viognier. Today, this is one of our best-sellers with the Europeans being especially fond of it during their summer. Needless to say, it’s also one of Stanley’s favorites!
Interesting fact – Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape. We’ve chosen to use Syrah (like the French) to enforce the elegance of the Syrah variety and its role in this blend.