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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
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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
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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
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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% [...]

September 19, 2014
by Christian
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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
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Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintner’s Reserve

Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintner’s Reserve (W.O. Western Cape) comes highly decorated – double gold at Veritas 2013 and trophy for best entry overall at the Cape Port Producers Association Port & Wine Challenge 2013. From Tinta Barocca, aged 12 years in large old oak barrels with a further two years in tank prior to bottling, [...]

May 2, 2014
by Christian
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Boplaas Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve vs KWV 15 Year Old Alambic

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 appears light, very pure and clean with a floral top-note [...]

March 12, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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