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Tim James: Alternative red varieties – any bargains to be had?

It’s maybe not surprising that supermarkets offer little in the way of the lesser-known grape varieties. Presumably, the overwhelmingly large proportion of their wine...

Top wines of December 2018

Here are our six most highly rated wines of last month: Kaapzicht The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2017 – 95/100 (read original review here) Boplaas Gamka Branca...

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2006

Boplaas in Calitzdorp has again made available its Port-style Cape Vintage Reserve 2006 at R1 200 a bottle along with the release of the...

Boplaas Gamka Branca 2016

Boplaas continues its fascination with all things Portuguese having recently addes Verdelho to its Calitzdorp plantings. This variety is included in a new  top-end...

Vintage Port tasting

One of the curiosities of the list of 5-Star wines in Platter’s 2018 is that there is only one Port-style wine, namely the Delaire...

Boplaas Gamka Family Reserve 2015

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...

Boplaas The 1932 Block Hanepoot 2015

Two comforting drops for a cold winter’s night from Boplaas in Calitzdorp: Boplaas The 1932 Block Hanepoot 2015 Price: R150 per 500ml bottle From an old block...

Boplaas Family Reserve Touriga Francesa 2012

Touriga Francesa (also known as Touriga Franca) is the most widely grown grape in the Douro Valley, making for wine more perfumed and lighter...