Buying quality wine doesn’t mean having to break the bank. That’s the opinion of Boplaas Family Vineyards marketing manager Rozanne Nel.
“We all try to save money by shopping smarter. As the general cost of living increases however, so does our motivation to find those hidden gems that reward us with great value.
“Fortunately, we don’t need to downgrade or give up our small pleasures like a good glass of wine or two after a hard day. There are still plenty of top wines that are accessibly priced, if you know where to look,” she says.
Take the trouble to explore wines from lesser known regions, she advises.
Boplaas Family Vineyards, a six-generation family business in the Klein Karoo, has a number of these gems in its portfolio. The region is ideal for growing Portuguese varieties due to the drier climate and lower rainfall.
Their arrival however wasn’t completely planned, especially in the case of Boplaas. Tinta Barocca made its way to the farm by pure chance and a fortunate accident or two. Boplaas patriarch, Oupa Danie Nel, returned from a visit to the Swartland in the late 70’s with his Chevy El Camino packed to the rafters with Pinotage and Shiraz. His neighbours duly finished off the Shiraz and there and then a decision was made to plant this variety on the farm.
However, it was later in part discovered by his son, current owner and cellar master, Carel Nel, while studying Oenology at Stellenbosch University, that his father’s vines were indeed Tinta Barocca and not the desired Shiraz. A trip to Portugal followed, where the Nels befriended many of the Douro’s top port producers and learnt, amongst other things, the art of crafting fine fortifieds.
Margaux, taking over the reins in the cellar from her father, continued his passion for port varieties and completed a Master’s Degree in Viticulture at Stellenbosch University, on the effects of the Klein Karoo’s terroir on Touriga Naçional.
Boplaas Cape Portuguese White Blend 2018
The Wine-of-the-Month Club singled out this wine for its great value. The 2017 vintage was also chosen as one of the prestigious house wines at the oldest wine club in the UK – The Wine Society.
This is the third vintage of an innovative white blend consisting of Verdehlo, an exotic Portuguese variety; and, perennially popular Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Harvested by hand in the cool of the morning, the wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks to maintain the exotic fruit flavours and crisp acidity. Verdelho’s intense citrus, pineapple and pear aromatics are a heavenly mix with the tropical fruit flavours of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay’s apple and crisp acidity.
In the glass, it is an aromatic, lighter-bodied wine with its combination of tropical fruit flavours, citrus, yellow pear, granny smith apple, lemon grass and bracing acidity.
Drink chilled, as an aperitif or partner to fresh seafood – grilled cob, deep-fried calamari or a generous paella; aromatic Asian dishes; roast chicken; grilled peri-peri chicken or causal al fresco dining.
The cellar door price is only R59,00 per bottle.
For more information visit the Boplaas online store at www.boplaas.co.za.
Information from Boplaas Family Vineyards