Boplaas New Release - GAMKA

Tuesday, 19 November, 2013
Boplaas Family Vineyards
My family has farmed the soils along the banks of the Gamka River in the Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp since, first exported potstill brandy in 1880 and we were amongst the first to solely utilize Portuguese varietals in the crafting of fortifieds. Gamka is the culmination of my 35 vintages on Boplaas and a bold view of what still lies ahead.

The Khoisan tribe named the river, originating in the Great Karoo and carving its way through the mighty Swartberg range, the Gamka or “lion” – quite possibly due to the fact that when in flood, this usually placid river, literally roars through the ravines (klowe in Afrikaans) and savagely bursts its banks sweeping away anything in its path. The Gamka has been the life-blood of our part of the Klein Karoo since our family settled here in the mid-1800’s and its waters are still harnessed today to cultivate crops, provide water for man and beast, as well as ensuring we can tend vines to craft wines.

I’ve always been of the opinion that as a winemaker you’re tasked with producing the best wine possible, and to this end, Gamka was borne from pockets of the finest terroir and destined to reward careful cellaring. The combination of Touriga Naçional and Shiraz is based on my affinity towards both these powerful varietals, which offer the ability to craft wines of immense structure, aromatic prowess, complexity, longevity and that elusive combination of power & elegance or the “iron fist in the velvet glove”. The maiden release, amounting to 3400 bottles, is a combination of fruit from Wellington, Stellenbosch and Calitzdorp. All fruit was hand-harvested & sorted prior to destemming; fermentation occured in small cement lagars / kuipe with manual pigeage to gently extract optimal flavour and colour; matured in a combination of new and 2nd fill 300? and 500? barrels and lightly filtered prior to bottling.

This inky black purple wine slowly unfurls in the glass with an array of macerated black berries, charcuterie, All-spice, tart red currant, violets and fynbos all cloistered in firm tannins and wood spice, with a lengthy savour finish accentuated with wisps of violets, spice and black plum. The structure of the wine will reward careful cellaring, while decanting is advised for immediate consumption. Gamka is best accompanied with hearty country fare, venison, mature cheeses and charcuterie or savoured on its own.

Enjoy the rampant lion, that is Gamka.

Carel Nel

Owner & Cellarmaster, Boplaas Family Vineyards

Anorak Facts: 14.2% Alc. Vol., RS 3.1g/?, pH 3.4, TA 6g/?

Accolades: Michelangelo International Wine Awards Grand d’Or 2013

To experience GAMKA, fine brandies and the range of Boplaas wines, visit our cellar door in Calitzdorp or alternatively the Cool Bay tasting room in Great Brak River near Mosselbay. For more information visit, send us a mail to, give us a call on 044-2133326 or tweet us @Boplaas1880.

Boplaas Family Vineyards, Calitzdorp – Tending vines & Crafting wines, since 1880