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.”
• 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