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Tim James: In praise of Portuguese varieties

  It’s just a trivial throw in the great game of “If” – but if the Cabo das Tormentas had been settled by Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias or other Portuguese explorers, instead of Jan van Riebeek for the Dutch, then our vineyards today (and much else!) might look somewhat different. Though I daresay […]

January 11, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

The Fledge & Co. HoekSteen 2014

The Fledge & Co. is the label belonging to Leon Coetzee and Margaux Nel (also winemaker at Calitzdorp’s Boplaas) with them sourcing grapes from across the Cape for their various wines. HoekSteen is a Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch bush vines planted in 1980 and 1981 and while the 2013 was appealing enough (see here), the […]

October 28, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Boplaas Cape Vintage CWG Auction Reserve 2006

When I tasted the Cape Vintage CWG Auction Reserve 2006 from Calitzdorp producer Carel Nel in August 2011 prior to the auction of that year, I noted it appeared “very primary but show(ed) promise” and scored it 90/100. Some four years in bottle have only done it good. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, […]

June 18, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Cape Port Producers Association Challenge 2015 results

Results of the Cape Port Producers Association Challenge 2015 have just been announced. Winning wines as follows: Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Bin 1880 – Best in Class, Best Overall Groot Constantia Cape Ruby 2013 – Best in Class Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2013 – Best in Class KWV Limited Release Tawny Port 1948 – […]

June 3, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: Time is the new money

Time. It has become the most precious commodity of our generation.  Owning your own limited hours on earth – instead of signing them over to an employer who tells you when you can use your days to do the things you actually want to do – is gold.  However, somewhere we’ve come to believe that […]

April 1, 2015
by Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
with 1 Comment

Boplaas 1880 Ox Wagon Reserve 8 Year Potstill Brandy

The Boplaas 1880 Ox Wagon Reserve 8 Year Potstill Brandy is as fine a liquor product as I’ve drunk all year. My first encounter with it was during the blind tasting of wines put forward for this year’s Cape Winemakers Guild Auction where I scored it 93/100. Drinking a bottle over the last few nights, […]

November 26, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

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% […]

September 19, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2005

When to start drinking your Vintage Reserve Port-style wines? “10 to 15 years down the line, depending on vintage,” says Carel Nel of Boplaas in Calitzdorp. Current release from this cellar is the 2009 (R250 a bottle) so way too early to broach but definitely worth investing in. A blend of 80% Touriga Nacional, 18% […]

May 15, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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