Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006

The Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006 from Boplaas proved excellent drinking over the last few nights. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca and Souzão sourced from Calitzdorp and Stellenbosch, the nose had floral and fynbos top notes before red, blue and black berries plus subtle spice while the palate possessed great fruit definition and […]

April 20, 2016
by Christian
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Ferreira Port 2000

2000 was apparently a classic year for Vintage Port but fifteen years from vintage seemed a long enough wait to broach a bottle of Ferreira couriered back from a trip to Portugal some time ago. Ferreira is owned by major Portuguese producer Sogrape and from what I gather is considered a “reliable” rather than “outstanding” […]

July 20, 2015
by Christian
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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
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De Krans The Last Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 vs Muratie Ben Prins Cape Vintage 2009

Recently a shoot-out between De Krans The Last Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 and Muratie Ben Prins Cape Vintage 2009. The De Krans a blend of 65% Touriga Nacional and 35% Tinta Barocca, the Muratie produced from a 1965 vineyard, Tinta Barocca, Tinta Roritz, Tinta Francesca and Souzao all planted together. Remarkably, the De Krans […]

June 18, 2014
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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
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Axe Hill Machado 2010

Table wines from Port varieties out of Portugal have gone big over the last 10 years or so – Dirk van der Niepoort and the rest of the so-called Douro Boys are worshipped by wine geeks for their efforts in this regard. South Africa makes some decent Port but what of table wines from Port […]

October 7, 2011
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
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Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1997

In terms of a major trade agreement between South Africa and the European Union ongoing for some ten years now, we agreed to desist from the use of the names Port, Sherry, Grappa and Ouzo by 2012 and they would pay €15 million (approximately R144 million) as compensation. Guess what? No money has been forthcoming […]

July 5, 2010
by Christian
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