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Boplaas Touriga Nacional Family Reserve 2012



The entry on Jancisrobinson.com for Touriga Nacional reads as follows: “The most famous port variety grown also in the Dão region, and producing extremely concentrated, dark, tannic wines with a distinctive floral note in youth” and Boplaas Touriga Nacional Family Reserve 2012 is on the money.

A blend of 65% Stellenbosch, 23% Wellington and 12% Calitzdorp grapes, it was matured in a combination of first- and second-fill barrels for 26 months. On the nose, dark fruit, spice and scrub while the palate shows  super-rich fruit, snappy acidity and plenty of tannic grip without being astringent. Price: R125 a bottle.

Score: 90/100.

2014 Amorim MCC Challege Results

GM in action.

The results of the 14th annual Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge are as follows: Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner: Domaines des Dieux 2009 Best Brut Non-Vintage: Lords Best Rosé Non-Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé Best Rosé … [Continue reading]

Stellenzicht Rhapsody 2007

Old gold.

“If Veritas is the wine equivalent of the Currie Cup, then the International Wine and Spirit Competition is the World Cup,” was the recent memorable remark of Maryna Strachan, editor of Wine Extra, the IWSC’s media partner in South … [Continue reading]

Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2013

Gummiberry juice.

The 2013 vintage of Seriously Cool Cinsault is the same smashable vein as the maiden 2012 (see here) if a teeny-weeny bit not as tight and focused. Grapes from Helderberg bush vines more than 40 years old, vinfication involving spontaneous, … [Continue reading]


Crazy cool.

Yesterday as part of presentation by Georg Riedel of the Riedel Wine Glass Company, Coca-Cola from plastic mug and from dedicated Riedel glass to convey the message that your choice of drinking vessel makes a difference. Coca-Cola from plastic … [Continue reading]

Momento Tinta Barocca 2013


Marelise Jansen van Rensberg, winemaker at Beaumont in Bot River, makes her own wine under the Momento label.  Her Grenache 2011 was pretty smart (see here) and I recently got to try her Tinta Barocca 2013 From 40-year-old Bot River vines, it … [Continue reading]