Packaging Spotlight: The Sixpence range from Opstal

Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight!

Many years ago a legendary shepherd walked the fields of the Slanghoek valley. His name was Sixpence and his descendants still work at Opstal Wines. Today, there are vineyards in this area which are still referred to as Sixpence’s vineyards. It is his legacy.

Sixpence was the nickname given to shepherd Daniel Smiles who looked after the flocks of sheep that roamed the farm in the 1950s and 1960s, when current owner Stanley Louw was a boy. Sixpence’s son, Andries who retired in 2008, still lives on the farm.

The Sixpence wines are made from grapes mostly sourced from the Sixpence vines. The range consists out of a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon and a Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend. Both wines are made in an easy drinking style yet bursting with fruit and character. The price is a total giveaway at R45 a bottle.

This wine range is a tribute to not only Sixpence, but all the legends that have worked on Opstal.