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Boplaas Wines – wine tasting in the Klein Karoo

Last weekend Desmond and I visited the Boplaas cellar in Calitzdorp. (If a trip to Calitzdorp sounds too far afield, they also have an outlet at Little Brak.) Let me tell you : winter has arrived in the Garden Route and so it was time to stock up. Their Cape Tawny reserve is the best  in front of the Fairview Homestead fireplace on a cold winter’s day.

We were quite surprised to see the wide choice coming out of their cellar – apart from the award winning Cape Port, Muskadels and Brandy that they are known for, they also produce  a range of top table wines. This is a family business with Carel Nel (Cape Wine Master) the cellar master, Margeaux Nel (M.Sc. Viticulture) the winemaker and Rozanne Nel the marketing manager.

We decided to buy their ‘Portuguese Connection 2008′ in memory of the Portuguese Camino in 2011 when we walked from Lisbon to Santiago. This wine is a blend of cultivars traditionally used in the making of Port, but with the addtion of Cabernet Sauvignon.  Of course we had to stock up on the Cape Port and Muskadel  (and I could not resist sneaking in a bottle of Cape Vintage Port by name of ‘The Chocolate’!)

A while ago I found this amazing website to demystify the art of wine tasting and I would like to share this poster with you:

Original Source: Different Types of Wine

 

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