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There are times when I think, “Can I really write about another view?” And yes, again I can and I must, because Opstal has breathtaking views. You look across the valley of orderly vines to the giant rock faces of the Klein Drakenstein mountains, and they are truly majestic. In winter the peaks are dusted with snow, and at sunset they are painted purple, pink and gold.
Opstal is another of the farms in the Slanghoek that has been in the same family for generations, and the youngest family member, winemaker Attie Louw, is 7th generation and making quite an impact. His maiden Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2012 scored 5 stars in Platter.
You can enjoy the wines in the relaxed tasting room with its wooden floors, wooden counter and lovely view, or take your wine outside and keep an eye on the children playing on the jungle gym.
The restaurant serves breakfasts and lunches. Lunch offers include a Kiddies Menu, Light Meals and some great good old fashioned dishes like the Opstal Famous Chicken Pie, Leg of Lamb and Oxtail. While waiting for our food, we were amused by the Boere raad remedies described on the back of the menu: cinnamon for coughs, a Streepmuis for bedwetting, and Brasso to be rubbed on sore bones!
I enjoyed the Chicken Pie – with its puff pastry lid and generous chicken filling it was real farm-style food and delicious. The Leg of Lamb was tender and aromatic, a traditional Sunday roast, and the Pan Seared Steak was served just the way we wanted it.
Opstal has a charming value for money wine called Sixpence named after one of the farm’s loyal workers, who was a shepherd in the days when Opstal was more sheep farm than vineyard. While nothing costs sixpence any more, both the wine and the food at Opstal are great value for money.
Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2015
Mon - Fri 09h00 - 17h00
Weds - Sun 09h00 -16h30
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Opstal Estate and Restaurant, Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa, -33.63912, 19.22838999999999