Boplaas unveils new vintages…
And again—an old Portuguese saying—all wine would be Port if it could.
Those brilliant Boplaas winemakers, the family Nel of Calitzdorp, have released some new vintages of their superb award-winning wines. Of course they are not allowed (as are none of the South African producers) to use the hallowed name of Port on their labels. This is because of an agreement between us and the EU which was supposed to result in some serious financial benefits flowing into our country, and which so far have not been forthcoming.
Nevertheless, the Port wines that Boplaas makes are stupendous in every way. The Port that dare not speak its name is available in seven forms at their cellar, ranging from an unbelievably delicious Cape Tawny, through a Cape Vintage, Cape Ruby, Cape Vintage Reserve and Cape Pink to my favourite, the Cape White. They are all superb, with fragrances of crushed, tangy sultanas assailing the nostrils, some dried-peach nuances and notes of almonds – irresistible, especially when cooled for a while in the fridge.
The Portuguese varietals normally used in Port, like Tinta Barocca, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, and Souzao, which thrive in the Douro Valley, just love the similar conditions in Calitzdorp and are used in Portuguese-style blends and single-varietal wines that Boplaas make.
The cheeky and bold packaging is a favourite with wine drinkers and the prices will not break the bank. The flavours are strong and just the thing for a braai. If you are looking for elegance and longevity try the Cabernet Sauvignon and be happy – these are wines for the manne.
Words: Greg Landman