Boplaas Family Reserve Touriga Francesa 2012

Touriga Francesa (also known as Touriga Franca) is the most widely grown grape in the Douro Valley, making for wine more perfumed and lighter than Touriga Nacional. Plantings in South Africa are minimal, a mere 2.54ha in the ground at the end of 2015, but Boplaas made a smart table wine from Stellenbosch old vines […]

October 17, 2016
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Top four wines of September 2016

Here are our four most highly rated current-release wines of last month: AA Badenhorst Family Wines Raaigras Grenache 2015 – 96 (read original review here) Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1995 – 96 (read original review here) Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2014 – 96 (read original review here) Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2013 –  96 (read original review […]

October 3, 2016
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Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1995

A Colheita is an aged Tawny Port made with grapes from a single vintage and that’s the idea behind the Cape Tawny Reserve 1995 from Boplaas, which is sensational. A blend of 90% Tinta Barocca and 10% Touriga Nacional, it spent 17 years in cask. On the nose, there’s a hint of dried flowers before […]

September 14, 2016
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Boplaas Muscadel Reserve 2015

Should power and weight hold sway over elegance and finesse when it comes to Muscadel? Two versions from Boplaas in Calitzdorp which illustrate the conundrum. Boplaas Heritage Collection Mucadel 2012 Price: R120 per 750ml bottle From a 1979 vineyard made only in exceptional years. A complex nose of sultana, lemon and orange, bee’s wax, a […]

September 12, 2016
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Top five wines of May 2016

Here are our most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Boplaas Cape Tawny Bin 1880 – 94 (read original review here) Delaire Graff Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 – 94 (read original review here) Spier Woolworths Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 […]

June 1, 2016
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Boplaas Cape Tawny Bin 1880 NV

Is the Boplaas Cape Tawny Bin 1880 NV better now than it was on release? According to Carel Nel, head of the Calitzdorp cellar renowned for its fortified wines, Cape Tawny does evolve under cork, if very slowly. The wine, which was compiled from component parts matured for 15 years on average and bottled two […]

May 13, 2016
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Boplaas Gamka Family Reserve 2013

The “Douro Boys” are a band of winemakers who in the last decade or so have gained international renown for themselves making excellent table wines in the Portuguese region better known for its fortifieds and now the likes of Calitzdorp cellar Boplaas locally are trying to emulate them. The Gamka Family Reserve 2013 is the […]

May 13, 2016
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Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006

The Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006 from Boplaas proved excellent drinking over the last few nights. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca and Souzão sourced from Calitzdorp and Stellenbosch, the nose had floral and fynbos top notes before red, blue and black berries plus subtle spice while the palate possessed great fruit definition and […]

April 20, 2016
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