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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 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...]

De Krans Moscato Perlé 2013


How to attract younger consumers who are not tied to the traditions that usually govern wine? De Krans in Calitzdorip has launched a Moscato Perlé 2013 – light (only 9% alcohol), sweet, softly fizzy, under screwcap and only R30 a bottle.  It’s bound … [Read more...]

De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008

All conquering.

The Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008 from Calitzdorp producer De Krans comes festooned with stickers including one announcing its 5-Star rating in the 2011 edition of Platter’s. Of course, it shouldn’t be broached for a long while yet, but another … [Read more...]

De Krans Vintage Reserve Port 2005

No fuzzy edges.

It always strikes me as unfortunate when a table wine showing over-ripe or dead fruit gets described as “porty” as I think it does an injustice to well-made Port – raisined character is just as problematic on fortified wine as it is on unfortified. … [Read more...]

Merwida White Muscadel 2010


Yesterday a tasting of eleven examples of Muscadel. The line-up included the nine top performing wines from the 2011 Muscadel Awards as run by producer association Muskadel SA as well as two wines from Robertson cellar Rietvallei, these being the … [Read more...]