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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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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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Oude Molen René Single Cask Limited Release Potstill Brandy

The domestic brandy market is in decline. Five years ago, it made up 40.6% of the spirits market by volume but this has now decreased to only 33% (for the year ending December 2012). It’s vodka and whisky that are winning over consumers but a recent look at some 30 of the top-end brandies demonstrated [...]

March 28, 2013
by Christian
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Boplaas Port Vintage Reserve Vertical

The late Tony Mossop, great wine aficionado and founder of top but fairly recent Calitzdorp Port property Axe Hill, apparently used to say that the only thing smaller than the brain of an ostrich in the Klein Karoo was the personal cellar of the Nels, owners of Boplaas, one of the producers to originally pioneer [...]

June 3, 2011
by Christian
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