I do love a bargain and if it is a wine bargain you are after, look no further than the wine portfolio of Boland Cellar. I recently tasted two of their wines, namely the Granny Smith Novelle 2013 and the Cappupinoccinotage. (Do not try and pronounce that one after a glass or two.)
Boland Cellar is creating quite a stir in the market with the launch of their Granny Smith Novelle 2013 – a young varietal sporting the image of a jolly old granny.
According to Boland Cellar’s sales and marketing manager Bennie van Rensburg, Boland Cellar immediately saw the potential of this grape variety when it was first presented to the industry by Professor Chris Orfer in the early sixties. He created this classical South African white grape variety by crossing Semillon and Ugni Blanc.
“We source our grapes from the farm Klipvlei near Perdeberg, where the Geldenhuys brothers planted the first commercial vineyard of this variety in 1997,” says Van Rensburg.
“The label is very tongue in cheek and the initial market reaction has been very positive. You’re never too old to enjoy a good bottle of wine.”
Novelle is an early ripening cultivar that produces wines with a strong grassy, green peppery character. The vineyards are planted in well-drained shale soil with some clay underneath, which allows for good water-retention capacity.
Granny Smith has an attractive light greet tint, with well-pronounced, complex flavours of grass and Granny Smith apples. It finishes crisp and dry on the palate and is delicious on its own, or enjoyed with seafood and Chinese dishes.
With winter drawing closer, it is the perfect time to try Boland Cellar’s Cappupinoccinotage. The name is a mouthful, but so is the wine. This full-bodied Pinotage captures the quintessential earthiness and sweet red berry flavours of South Africa’s indigenous cultivar and delivers seductive notes of mocha and ground coffee.
Winemaker, Bernard Smuts, receives grapes from five diverse climatic zones within the Paarl region and relishes the opportunity to apply his proven blending skills. “This gives us the advantage of being able to combine the best characteristics from each climatic zone to blend a truly regional wine with a real sense of place”, says Smuts.
He further mentions that although coffee-style Pinotage is an interesting new category, there is an inherent danger that a wine dominated by too much oak might eventually lose its appeal. “We wanted to create a wine that will remain interesting to consumers by providing a balance between oak and fruit, thus enticing the palate with complexity as well as with seductive flavours”, adds Smuts, who has proven his aptitude with Pinotage, having received numerous accolades for the Boland Cellar Reserve Pinotage both locally and internationally.
His biggest success however, has proven to be the immediate appeal that Cappupinoccinotage held for so many consumers, making the brand a category leader. While seasoned wine lovers recognized the complexity of the wine, new generation consumers just loved the fruitiness and the coffee aromas.
Granny Smith Novelle 2013 retails at R37.00 from leading outlets and Boland Cellar while the Cappupinoccinotage sells for R44.50 per bottle.
* For more information visit www.bolandcellar.co.za.