The story of a Bordeaux blend


Since its reintroduction in 2008, the Botmaskop blend has become one of South Africa’s most awarded red wines, acquiring a near-cult status within the wine community.


The namesake of this sophisticated wine is a historic peak upon which the estate vineyards grow. Originally named Bootmanskop, meaning ‘Boat Man’s Peak’, the picturesque Botmaskop Peak with expansive views over the Cape Peninsula and Atlantic ocean served as the lookout point for the Huguenots, settled in Franschhoek. From this vantage point, sailing ships entering Cape Town’s Table Bay harbour 50 kilometres to the west were easily sighted.


Upon discerning trade ships on the horizon, a signal would be given from the Peak announcing the impending arrival to surrounding farmers alerting them to a potential market for their fresh produce. Farmers would then make the long and dangerous journey to port through the treacherous Banghoek Valley, ‘Scary Corner’, and over the Helshoogte Pass, meaning ‘Hell’s Heights’, in order to trade.


A powerful, yet elegant blend with classic aromas of dark berry, fruit, spice and cassis, Delaire Graff’s Botmaskop wine is an approachable, yet serious Bordeaux blend made with meticulously grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec grapes at the foot of Botmaskop Mountain.


For winemaker Morné Vrey, the Botmaskop is at the pinnacle of Bordeaux blending. “The wine is powerful, but elegant and polished at the same time,” he explains. “This is a beautiful red blend with classical aromas, soft tannins and balance in structure which completes the wine on the palate.”


Previous Accolades:

• Platter Wine Guide – 5 Stars for three consectuive vintages
• Classic Wine Trophy Awards – Bacchus Trophy for Best Red Blend
• Tim Atkins Report – listed on South Africaʼs Best Bordeaux Blends
• Old Mutual Trophy – Trophy for Best Red Blend and Best Red Wine Overall
• Decanter Wine Awards – Gold
• Classic Wine Trophy Award – Gold for Best Red Blend Category

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