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Boplaas Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve vs KWV 15 Year Old Alambic

Fire water.

It’s been a pleasure drinking two top brandies over the last while, namely Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve from Boplaas (R390 a bottle) and KWV 15 Year Old Alambic (R540). The rapier versus the broad sword, if you will. The Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve … [Read more...]

Boplaas Family Reserve Bobbejaanberg Sauvginon Blanc 2013

Monkey business.

The grapes for the Family Reserve Bobbejaanberg Sauvginon Blanc 2013 (R75 a bottle) from Calitzdorp winery Boplaas come from a small vineyard at 650m above sea level in the Outeniqua Mountains. With flavours green pepper and winter melon, it comes … [Read more...]

Hillock Mile High Non-vintage

For the thrill of it.

Our daughter Zoë Mathilda Eedes was born on 11 June 2009 and the wine of her birth year I’m backing to serve at her 21st birthday is the Cape Vintage Reserve Port from Calitzdorp winery De Krans. But we all know the Klein Karoo produces good … [Read more...]

Boplaas Gamka Touriga Nacional Shiraz Reserve 2012

Roars with flavour.

“Ultra-premium” evidently means something different in Calitzdorp than it does in Stellenbosch – Boplaas is pitching its new Touriga Nacional Shiraz blend called Gamka (meaning “lion” and also the name of a local river) and as such but asks a very … [Read more...]

SAA Wine Awards 2014


South African Airways recently announced the winners of its annual wine awards arising out of its onboard wine selection for 2013. The winners were: White Wine: Spier Creative Block 2 2012 Red Wine: Provenance Rooi 2011 (Saronsberg) Mèthode Cap … [Read more...]

Oude Molen René Single Cask Limited Release Potstill Brandy

Dandy brandy.

The domestic brandy market is in decline. Five years ago, it made up 40.6% of the spirits market by volume but this has now decreased to only 33% (for the year ending December 2012). It’s vodka and whisky that are winning over consumers but a recent … [Read more...]