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Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2005

Winter warmer.

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 … [Read more...]

Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintner’s Reserve

Seamless and subtle.

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 … [Read more...]

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...]