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David Bristow: In search of winter fortification

This is the time when snow lies scattered across the high ground of South Africa – like clothes strewn across the floor of a teenager’s bedroom. While not exactly the Alps, for a nation that does not much do central heating the next best thing to a brandy-bearing dog is a jug of fortified wine. [...]

July 1, 2015
by Christian
with 1 Comment

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 Gamka Touriga Nacional Shiraz Reserve 2012

“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 modest R80 a bottle for it. It combines 42% Calitzdorp grapes with 42% Stellenbosch [...]

November 10, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment

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 to find favour with a certain sector of the market (Muscato recently [...]

October 29, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008

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 Stormers defeat by the Crusaders demanded some succour. A blend of 60% Touriga Nacional, 35% [...]

April 2, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

De Krans Vintage Reserve Port 2005

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. No raisins whatsoever in the case of the Vintage Reserve Port [...]

June 11, 2012
by Christian
with 0 Comments

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 2010 vintage of standard release Red Muscadel and the 2008 vintage of the reserve RedMuscadel [...]

July 15, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments
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