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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
by Christian
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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
by Christian
with 1 Comment

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
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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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
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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
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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
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