Boland Cellar – the top 2 wines of 2020, One Formation White Blend 2020 & the Reserve Merlot 2018…

Boland Cellar in Northern Paarl

Boland Cellar has been producing fine wine for about 80 years. Drawing from a wide sweep of wine grape suppliers, there are mountain vineyards, riverine vineyards and open plain vineyards. The Cellar Team is thrilled to see these two wines as best sellers in 2020. And justifiably so. In their type and style, they are pretty much at the top of the pile.

Boland Cellar One Formation White Blend 2020

A blend of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache Blanc. The Chenin grapes are sourced from shale and decomposed granite soils in the Paarl Drakenstein area. The Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Lutzville on the West Coast where the vineyards are affected by cooling breezes off the Benguela current which runs up our West Coast from the deep cold South Atlantic. The wines were separately vinified with the Sauvignon Blanc and the Grenache Blanc spending 3 months in previous fill small French Oak barrels. Once blended the wine lay on its lees for 2 months with regular batonnage before bottling, resulting in a rich, full wine with both structure and elegance.

Grenache Blanc ripening on the vine

Pour
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is new and very dashing with a flight of birds coming in from the left in One Formation, signifying the grapes in the blend. In the glass, the wine is a pale straw colour. The aromas and flavours segue one into the other. The Chenin providing ripe stone fruit and green apples. The Sauvignon gives forth its squeaky-clean green virtues, crisp fruit, and lemon grass herbaceousness. The Grenache is all about texture and ripe juicy pears. The whole supported by the oak and its concomitant spices and vanilla.

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Pair
The Boland Cellar One Formation White Blend 2020 is lovely in the glass as a serious gentle sipper. It has such oomph that it is a perfect match for full flavoured food. A beautifully butter roasted organic chicken would be the perfect partner. Or a plate of sushi.

Boland Reserve Merlot 2018

Handpicked grapes are sourced from two prominent Merlot vineyard sites – one is a bush-vine and dryland vineyard near the town of Malmesbury with Oakleaf soils which are rich in clay and shale; and the other between Paarl and Paardeberg, where the soils are deep Red Oakleaf and Duplex. These soils offer good water retention, rich nutrients and enable a deep root system which is ideal for vine health and promoting a balanced wine structure. The vines are mostly north-facing with an average age of 15 years with optimal yields of about 11 tons per hectare, thereby ensuring the vines are in a balanced state.

After excellent elevation in the cellar the wine was racked into 300-litre French oak barrels for 16 months to gain complexity and flavour. 20% of the wine was not matured in wood in order to enhance the final blend with the ripe primary fruit flavours. The wine was then prepared for bottling.

Merlot ripening on the vine

Pour
From a traditional Bordeaux shaped bottle and closed with natural cork. The label in black is stately and elegant. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are classical Merlot, red and black cherries, ripe Agen plums and country lane fruits, mulberries and roadside brambles. The are some delicious savoury notes, sun dried tomato, and the oak in support with its gentle smoke and concomitant spice and vanilla. From entry through to the long and gently waning aftertaste the wine has perfect structure, excellent presence of tannins. Full of body and palate eight. Impressive glass.

Skirt Steak with Mustard Sauce

Pair
The Boland Reserve Merlot 2018 is an excellent glass on its own. It shines with food. Shines. A tranche of braaied or roasted lamb rump marinaded in Muscadel, a quickly braaied over hot coals piece of skirt steak with chimichurri or mustard sauce or a pork chop with the crackling all crisp and served with a slightly tart smooth green apple sauce. For vegetarians, Melanzane Parmiggiana would be a great match.

Read more about Boland Cellar and its offerings – CLICK HERE

Wines bought online now will be delivered once the COVID19 ban is over.

Information from Hatch Communications

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