Taking full advantage of the turn of the year, Boland Cellar has given their Top Two most awarded Reserve Range & One Formation wines a beautiful new look to match.
If 2020 has taught us anything (and it surely taught us a lot!), it’s that nothing stands still. Even if everything around us is changing, we have to keep on moving forward, with little breathers for retrospection in-between.
When I received a beautifully dark and mysterious box from Boland Cellar toward the end of last year, I was incredibly excited to make their acquaintance. To my utter dismay, I have to admit that I’ve never tried any of their wines, and, clinging onto anything good coming my way, I carried these two beautiful bottles with me into 2021, knowing that I’d be celebrating a new year soon.
Amidst the rapidly changing and increasingly competitive global wine trade, Boland Cellar has been going through a strategic re-gearing process to reposition its stance and range of brands in the international market place.
“With this dynamic and challenging reality facing most of South Africa’s wine industry role players, and notably the once traditional wine cellars, we at Boland decided about two years ago that we had to proactively re-gear our business. We realised that our brands had to retain preference with wine lovers – both in terms of taste and visual impact – to compete effectively internationally,” affirms CEO Heini Smit.
Boland’s new classic-modern attire, launched with an evolutionary corporate rebranding and artistically refined and elegant logo at the end of 2019, was rationalised as: “The collaborative heart of Boland Cellar, has been the key to success to date. Our new logo illustrates the key concept of the nine bold farmers that came together in 1941 (press release).”
Boland Cellar Reserve Merlot 2018
Tasting notes: Red cherries, youngberries, plums and red berries. Layers of oak spice and wood shavings are integrated with savoury and tomato notes mingling together with a long and lingering finish.
In the vineyard: Handpicked grapes are sourced from two prominent Merlot vineyard sites – bush-vine and dryland vineyard.
In the cellar: This richly structured and concentrated Merlot was further matured in 300-litre French oak barrels for 16 months to gain complexity and flavour. A small portion of 20% of the wine was not matured in wood in order to enhance the final blend.
Awards & Accolades: 2020 Awards: Platter’s 4 stars, Veritas Silver
Cellar door price: approx. R149 per bottle, all ranges are available on the Boland Cellar Online Shop: https://bolandcellar.kloofstore.com/Home/Index
One Formation White Blend 2020
Tasting notes: The old bush-vines of the Chenin Blanc yield ripe, creamy stone fruit flavours which are complemented by the crisp green fruit of the Sauvignon Blanc. The addition of Grenache Blanc in this blend provides richness and texture with ripe pear flavours.
In the vineyard: Chenin Blanc 65%, Sauvignon Blanc 20% and Grenache Blanc 15%
In the cellar: The winemaking was managed reductively and the small, carefully selected batches of different varieties were separately fermented and vinified. The final blend was left on the lees for a further two months with regular batonnage before bottling, resulting in a rich, full wine with both structure and elegance.
Awards & Accolades:2020 Awards: Veritas Gold, Platter’s 4 stars & Akura Trophy – Paarl Young Wine Show
Cellar door price: approx. R87 per bottle, all ranges are available on the Boland Cellar Online Shop: https://bolandcellar.kloofstore.com/Home/Index
Steak and black spaghetti
I bought a pack of squid ink pasta a while back; not because I had anything planned for it, but simply because it was beautiful. I yearned to give myself an opportunity to create a beautiful dish around these glossy black strands. It’s been sitting in my food cupboard for a few weeks, patiently waiting for inspiration to strike. The moment I lifted the dark curves of the Boland Cellar Reserve Merlot from its box, I immediately knew the match was predestined.
I eagerly started to construct the dish in my head – swirls of squid-ink pasta, enveloped in spoonfuls of creamy peri-peri sauce, echoing the gorgeous golden notes of the Boland Cellar One Formation white blend’s new label. I flash-fried a picanha steak in EVOO – a tender, juicy and completely underrated cut of meat. Sliced thin and served medium, I added these delicious morsels to enhance the robust Merlot. A sprinkle of garden herbs for colour and contrast, and I couldn’t wait to tuck in.
A predestined match
I loved the way the Merlot generously accepted the creaminess and spiciness of the dish, mellowing it out beautifully with an earthy, long finish. The white blend stood bravely against the slight fire of the peri-peri, and I felt it accentuated the importance of the small percentage of Grenache Blanc, adding those rich layers of texture I’ve been searching for.
I probably say this often about many wines, but each time I say it with conviction and a heart filled with passion. The Boland Cellar One Formation white blend is one of the best blends I’ve had to date. Right up there in my top five, I’m incredibly surprised at the price point.
With their new jackets on, these two Boland Cellar wines look, taste and feel as premium as they present, and I can only congratulate the team on perfect execution, both inside and outside of the bottle. These are two wines I’ll be repurchasing at my soonest convenience.
Thank you, Boland Cellar, for allowing me to create a memorable meal paired with your beautiful wines, and cheers to a brand-new start and look as we go into 2021!
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