Boplaas’ distilling heritage dates back to 1880, when current owner, Carel Nel’s great-great grandfather, Daniel Nel, exported his first consignment of fine Boplaas Brandy to England. In those days they transported the barrels of brandy by ox wagon to Worcester and from there to Cape Town by train and then by ship to London. Boplaas also became the first cellar to release an Estate Brandy in 1994 after the change in legislation in 1989.
“Our angel’s share is very high with the dry weather we have. The angels are very thirsty and every night they have a party in our brandy cellar, but this helps us produce rich brandies.” Carel Nel – cellar master/ owner is a member of the prestigious Cape Winemaker’s Guild and is the only member to produces a brandy worthy enough for the annual Guild Auction.
The eight years in old Limousin casks and old Port casks, the climatic conditions of the Klein Karoo, and the insatiable thirst of the local angels have created a brandy brimming with ripe stone fruits, honey, herbal and floral notes, and a sublimely smooth mouthfeel and finish.
The five years in old Limousin casks and old Portuguese pipes, climatic conditions of the Klein Karoo, and the insatiable thirst of the local angels have created a world-class blended brandy. This beautiful and deep golden-coloured brandy delights with vanilla and dried-fruit flavours on a medium-bodied palate.
A fiery red-brown, tawny-coloured wine with flecks of olive green on the rim. The bouquet unfurls with walnut, roasted almond, honey, caramel, a melange of spices, citrus, warming brandy and charred oak notes that typify Tawny. A lusciously smooth, mouth-watering palate of brandied fruits, roasted nuts, honey, caramel toffee, warm spices and hints of citrus, tantalize the taste buds long after the first sip.
This is a dark port, purplish black port with flavours of cherries, plum, blackberries, violets, pepper, spiciness and dark chocolate. Expectations are meet when you taste the wine – full-bodied with big ripe tannins and integrated alcohol, with a long and luscious after-taste.
Bright red-purple coloured wine with crimson tinge at the rim; while the bouquet abounds with ripe plum, black hedgerow fruits, kirsch, sweet apricot, subtle spice and hints of fynbos. The palate is full of sweet plum, kirsch, prune and black berry flavours with mulling spices and smooth tannins. This wine exhibits a deft balance between ripe fruit flavours, supple tannins, spice and hints of oak that make it such a versatile, approachable and enjoyable style of Cape Ports wine.
A bright lemon yellow coloured wine with lime tinged rim; bouquet leaps from the glass with intense ripe Hanepoot grapes, pineapple, lemon rind, litchi and winter melon intermingled with hints of jasmine, honey suckle and faint spicy notes. A lusciously sweet, mouth-watering palate of crammed full of fresh Sultana, honey, litchi, melon, fig leaf, lemon and lime marmalade undercurrents, all buoyed by zippy acidity and lingering hints of citrus rind and subtle minerality.