Boplaas Gamka Touriga Nacional Shiraz Reserve 2012
By Christian Eedes, 10 November 2013
“Ultra-premium” evidently means something different in Calitzdorp than it does in Stellenbosch – Boplaas is pitching its new Touriga Nacional Shiraz blend called Gamka (meaning “lion” and also the name of a local river) and as such but asks a very modest R80 a bottle for it.
It combines 42% Calitzdorp grapes with 42% Stellenbosch and 16% Wellington and total production amounted to just 3 400 bottles. It’s exotic and boisterous showing ultra-ripe dark fruit and spice, sweet upfront but this offset by fresh acidity and good tannic grip. We liked it a lot but would advise that should best be attempted in the dead of winter paired with something like a tomato bredie…