Boplaas Family Reserve Ring of Rocks 2015

$139

About The Wine

The Ring of Rocks is named in honour of the ancient agrarians who built stone circles in order to determine the changing of the seasons which in turn determined the crop cycles and their very way of life. A wine released only in exceptional vintages and in limited quantities, Boplaas’s Family Reserve showcases the family’s wine making diversity, heritage and exceptional vineyards of the Cape.

 

Harvested in the cool pre-dawn hours, transported to Boplaas and fermented in temperature controlled open top cement fermenters which manually punches down to gently coax optimum flavour and colour extraction from the grape skins, while maintaining maximum aromatics and allowing unwanted phenols to blow-off. Blended prior to malolactic fermentation and matured in a combination of 300L and 500L, new and second fill fine grained French oak barrels for 14 months prior to bottling unfixed and unfiltered.

 

Luminous maroon with purple centre, brimming with a combination of ripe black plums, red cherry, bramble jam, black and red hedgerow fruits, black olive tapenade, fynbos, and undercurrents of crushed cocoa nib, mint thins, and wood spice. The bouquet is slightly shy and tannins, although fine, are as yet still grippy, indicating that a few years of careful cellaring or decanting in its youth is advisable.

 

A perfect partner to hearty country fare – roast rack of spring lamb with roast root vegetables, springbok pie, beef Wellington, char-grilled sirloin with Hollandaise and shoestring fries; generous Italian country cuisine; fine mature cheese and charcuterie or simply enjoyed in good company. In warmer climes this wine can be enjoyed lightly chilled and decanting is advised.

Ratings

John Platter Wine Guide 4.5 Stars. “Savoury black olive and liquorice seam to spicy berry compote on 2014 from Tinta and Touriga. Bold but harmonious, underpinned by a good tannin structure and oaking (14 months, larger wood); deliciously dry, long finish.”

Wine Analysis

Wine of Origin : Stellenbosch, South Africa
Cultivars: Tinta Barocca (55%); Touriga Francesca (45%)
Total Acid: 5.4 g/l
Residual sugar: 4.4 g/l
Alcohol: 14.05 %
Wood Aging: 14 months in new and second fill French oak barrels
Volume: 750 ml
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$139