Thursday, September 06, 2012

Tasting at Boplaas, Calitzdorp

Boplaas’ tasting room: the corner with some of their many, many well-deserved awards for their port and their wine. The Nel family has been making wine, port and brandy at Boplaas for over 150 years and is a carbon neutral farm.
The tasting counter with the huge selection of wines you may taste
The charming and informed owner, cellarmaster and Cape Wine Master Carel Nel
Carel Nel and his daughter  Margaux, who is the Boplaas winemaker, chatting to us about the ports, wines and brandy they make
Tasting tank samples in the cellar is a great way to envisage what the wine will become
A few historic bottles, all empty
The barrel cellar holds some gems
We are about to taste one
A couple of Margaux’s exciting experimental wines, one barrel each
Touriga Franca, with a splendid colour and flavour
The large side room, perfect for rustic banquets or large tastings
Some of their most recent awards.
Peter Bayly came to taste some of the ports and Yvonne, his wife, chats to Lynne.
We were delighted to have an opportunity to taste the delicious Cape Tawny Reserve Port of 1995
Photographs © John Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2012

1 comment:

Cassandrina said...

I was at Boplaas last while attending Francois Ferreira's birthday some years ago, and nothing seems to have changed.
Wonderful ports, and I still have a bottle of Ruby Muscadel 1975 for a special occassion.
Good luck to them.