Boplaas, Carel Nel 5yr Old Brandy

It would be impossible to think of South African ‘Port’-style wines and Brandies without Boplaas (‘top farm’ in Afrikaans) springing to mind. Boplaas, in far flung Calitzdorp, has been in the Nel family since 1880 so they have had many a year to perfect their craft. This is evidenced through frequently being awarded ‘Port’ of the year by both Tim Atkin and numerous Platter 5 star awards.

Boplaas’ distilling heritage dates back to 1880, when current owner, Carel Nel’s great-great-grandfather, Daniel Nel, exported his first consignment of Boplaas Brandy to England. We are delighted to play a part in this legacy.

Carel Nel, the current cellar master and owner of Boplaas, is a member of the prestigious, invite only, Cape Winemakers’ Guild, and the only member that makes a Brandy worthy enough for the annual Guild Auction. Pedigree.

As a result of the very dry conditions in Calitzdorp, the angel’s share is particularly large – which results in a richer style of Brandy. Beautifully deep golden in colour with vanilla and dried-fruit on the medium bodied palate.

87pts | Platter's 2023


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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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Boplaas Brandy Notes

The Carel Nel Brandy grapes are picked at 18B with a high acidity (as in Cognac). Fermentation 15 – 16 C. Fine aromas from Colombar. Left on the lease for malolactic fermentation before distillation for more complexity.

Distilled in an old (100 year old) Santagans Copper still. Double distillation to 70% alcohol and aged in French oak barrels.

Boplaas Carel Nel Brandy Analysis

Wine of origin: Calitzdorp
Cultivars: Colombar (100%)
Alcohol: 43 %
Wood aging: 5 Years (Blended brandy with 40% potstill &
60% wine spirits)

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This Boplaas Brandy is delicious as part of a cocktail. If you haven’t heard of a sidecar, look it up.