The Gamka Family Reserve from Boplaas is a Calitzdorp-Stellenbosch mash-up which sees Portuguese varieties blended with Shiraz, the 2015 consisting of 36% Touriga Nacional and 25% Tinta Barocca combined with 39% Shiraz, the wine matured for 12 months in French oak, 100% new.
The nose shows red and black fruit, geranium, scrub, some earthiness and spice. It’s none too heavy, despite a not immodest alcohol of 14.5%, and possesses good freshness as well as a winning sense of crunchiness to the tannins. If the previous vintage 2013 was all about burly charm, this has a touch more refinement. Price: R175 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 90/100.
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