The Bosman red wines speak of provenance. While the Bosman Adama Red blend reflects our farm community, expressing our belief that we can achieve more together than as individuals, the other Bosman red wines are largely single-varietal wines that honestly reflect the terroir where they are grown.
ABOUT BOSMAN RED WINES
Our winemakers’ philosophy is to minimise oaking and allow honest fruit expression. Each cultivar is planted where it can best express itself, ensuring a range of elegant wines that are fresh, bright and enjoyable. So Pinot Noir is planted in the cool Hemel-en-Aarde Valley at Bosman Hermanus, while Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Pinotage thrive in Wellington. At Bosman Family Vineyards, we also strive to make wine as naturally as possible with minimal use of harsh chemicals and pesticides. Chief Winemaker Corlea Fourie likes to say: “Don’t drink more wine. Just drink better wine.” And that sums up our philosophy
WELLINGTON RED WINES
Browse our online wine shop to view our entire wine range. Cabernet Sauvignon, Adama Red, Erfenis, Generation 8 Cabernet Sauvignon, Generation 8 Merlot, Generation 8 Shiraz, Upper Hemel en Aarde Pinot Noir and our Twyfeling Cinsaut are all a click away.
RED WINE TYPES
ADAMA RED 2020
The Adama blend is named after Adam Appollis, a visionary of his time and the forefather of many of the families that live and work on the farm today. Adama is an innovative red wine boasting a skilful blend of unusual varietals that thrive in our local climate. It is an authentic rendition of elegant, modern winemaking, paying homage to the rich heritage of the families on the farm.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
Our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards lie in the shadow of the Limiet Mountain range on the south facing slopes of the Groenberg which limits direct sunlight and therefore slows ripening. The yield of these vineyards is limited naturally by the effect of southerly winds throughout the summer, resulting in smaller berries and a gentler ripening period.
BOSMAN ERFENIS 2017
The word “Erfenis” means both heritage and legacy in English. Understanding our heritage informs our present and allows us to create a sustainable legacy. It is a wine that commemorates, defines and sets a standard for the Bosman Cellar, the Wellington region and the Cape Winelands at large. The wine is a blend of Cinsaut, Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d’Avola.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2022
“Our family has an affinity to Cabernet Sauvignon,” explains CEO Petrus Bosman. “My grandfather believed that by blending a small portion of Cabernet into a red wine, it would take that wine to a whole new level.” Our farm in the Bovlei is well suited to the cultivation of Cabernet Sauvignon. Early summers give the grapes time to ripen, while well-drained soils enhance the complexity of the wine.
We often get asked if we make Merlot. It has become that cultivar in which many customers hope to find something smooth, fragrant and enjoyable. Sometimes that’s a tall order for a varietal which is quite picky about terroir and expression. We decided to showcase the very best in bright Merlot fruit from Wellington. Our techniques in the vineyard and cellar make this wine as interesting as possible.
Shiraz is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world. It ripens late, so it needs hot, dry conditions such as those found in Iran, then Persia, from whence the grape most likely originated. Wellington, with its long warm summers is also the ideal terroir. This wine is for those who taste with a food-orientated palate. It is a light, fresh wine with loads of character.
Bosman red wines have long been synonymous with superior quality, winning several awards over the years. Listed are some of the top scorers over the last two vintages released:
2021 Platter 5 stars
2020 Tim Atkin SA Report 91 points
Winemag – Best of Category, 94 points
Winemag – Top 10 Prescient Report
2017 Platter 4 ½ stars
Tim Atkin SA Report 94 points
2016 Tim Atkin SA Report 94 points
HISTORY OF RED WINE IN WELLINGTON
Wellington is one of the oldest wine-producing areas of the Cape. In 1699 the French Huguenots first settled in the Bovlei of Wellington along the banks of the Kromme River, bringing their knowledge of winemaking with them and planting vineyards. Cinsaut was one of the first red cultivars to be planted there and it still performs well, the Bosman Twyfeling Cinsaut having made a name for itself.
A Wellington wine tasting at Bosman Family Vineyards is a truly sensual experience. Seated either in the cool, ancient cellar; or outside under the trees with a view across green lawns to the towering mountains, the wines reflect the terroir you see around you: crisp, juicy and luxurious, the wines demand consideration and inspire beauty.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Grapes Are Used To Make Red Wine
There is a wide variety of red wine grape varietals, all from various parts of the globe, particularly from Europe. The Cape Wine industry began with traditional French varieties brought in by the Huguenots, but later on German and Eastern European winemakers brought in other varieties. More recently, the industry has begun planting Southern Mediterranean varietals because the climates of Portugal, Spain and Italy are more similar to the Cape climate as the much chillier wine regions of Northern Europe.
At Bosman Family Vineyards we grow mostly Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cinsaut and Nero d’Avola on our Wellington farm, whereas Pinot Noir is better suited to our Hermanus farm in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde where it is much cooler.
Where To Buy Red Wine Online
Buying red wine online is easy with Bosman Wines. Simply visit our online shop and find a wide range of red wines to choose from, along with notes on how they taste and what food would pair well with each of them.
-the easy-drinking, single-varietal Generation 8 wines
-the Bosman Adama is a red blend featuring Shiraz and a host of other interesting varietals that combine to create a delicious, rich and juicy wine
-Bosman Upper-Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir is something special, don’t let it’s lightness fool you, it is a finely structured, fruit-packed, lightly spiced wine.
-Bosman Erfenis is our flagship: a rich, complex blend of old favourites Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsaut and our one-of-a-kind newcomer Nero d’Avola.
Where Is Red Wine From
The first red wines were made in Ancient Persia, but red wine came to South Africa via Europe when the French Huguenots brought their winemaking culture here in 1685. Wine has been made in the Western Cape ever since, following a rich tradition started by the first European settlers but continued by us today.
A Huguenot first established the Bosman farm in the Bovlei of Wellington in 1699, our ancient cellar being built shortly thereafter. The Bosman family first settled on the farm in 1810 and have been making wine in that same cellar ever since. Cinsaut has long been grown in and around Wellington, and the Cabernet Sauvignon grown there was always considered of excellent quality.
In 2001 the family purchased a farm in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near the coastal town of Hermanus in order to plant varietals that preferred a climate such as Pinot Noir. These days we have been experimenting with varietals originating from the Southern Mediterranean regions of Portugal, Spain and Italy.
Currently, we are the only producer in South Africa of Nero d’Avola, a heat-tolerant, a drought-resistant varietal from Sicily.
How Should Red Wine Be Stored
Ideally red wine should be stored in a cool, dark, quiet place so that the aromas and flavours can mature and develop in the bottle. A good red wine should improve with careful ageing.
How To Taste Red Wine
Firstly, select a good glass. It might sound crazy, but wine really does taste different depending on the glass. You won’t be banished to wine purgatory if you drink your wine out of a coffee mug or even straight out of the bottle! But you will enjoy it more if it is sipped from the right-shaped glass, and this has been scientifically proven.
Apparently, the Japanese did studies to track the vapours lifting off the surface of the wine. It’s the vapours that carry the aromas, and it’s the aromas that produce the flavours, and of course, it is flavours that we’re after. So the researchers found that the shape of the glass determines the direction of the vapours, and we’d like them to head straight for our noses. So, you need space above the wine to collect the aromas, which means don’t fill any glass to the brim. Then, aim for a tulip-shaped glass so that the rim of the glass is narrower than the bowl, and therefore the aromas will swirl around inside rather than just shoot straight out past your expectant nose.
Having a stemmed glass means that the warmth of the hand holding the glass doesn’t heat up the wine past its enjoyment point. Folk can get quite technical about size and shape, but the above is all you need to know.
Then the tools you need to taste wine are all in-house: your senses of sight, smell, taste and touch.
Eyes: Assess the colour. It’s red, sure, but what kind of red? I garnet coloured wine tells you it has aged, whereas a purplish tinge belies it’s youth. Also look at the liquid’s viscosity and density. A dense colour should indicate a full-bodied, highly extracted wine, while a light colour could indicate a light-bodied wine.
Nose: The wine aromas are the most important part of wine tasting. When you smell the wine, try to think outside the box. Pretend it’s not wine, and ask yourself what you are smelling. Primary flavours come from the varietal, such as the peppery aromas of Shiraz or the strawberry aromas often found in Pinot Noir. The secondary flavours come from the winemaking process itself and often have to do with yeast, so think bread, brioche or beer-like flavours. Finally, the tertiary flavours result from the wood maturation of the wine and could produce aromas of nuts, spice, leather and buttery toast.
Taste: the taste of a wine is the result of the combination of acid, alcohol, tannin and sugar. Only small amounts of sugar should be present in the red wine, but the tastebuds should pick that up on the tip of your tongue. The acidity will give that tell-tale ‘sourness’ that should balance the sweet fruit and create a lingering aftertaste.
Touch: High levels of alcohol in the wine can leave a tingling sensation on the cheeks (a bit like a mouthwash), while tannins will dry your mouth out.
All these components combine to form the flavour of a wine. Again, there is no right and wrong, but the more you consider these components, the easier it is to find wines you love.
What Red Wine Is Sweet
Traditionally, red wine is not sweet, but sweet red wines are ideal for the beginner. The Bosman Merlot is usually considered sweeter and more of an easy-drinking wine, yet its sugar levels are more or less the same as its cellar mates. It is rather how it is made that makes the difference in the flavour.
RED WINE TASTING WELLINGTON
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*Depending on stock levels, some wines may be taken off the tasting counter without notice.
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Onida is incredibly knowledgeable and added a special touch to our tasting. The wines are incredible. It truly is a farm to visit if you love Chenin – the Optenhorst is phenomenal and we had the opportunity to taste through many vintages as the farm is celebrating the 70th anniversary of this wine. Please visit, you will be so glad that you did.”
“Gracious and warm, the Bosman family run a beautiful farm (vine nursery and wine business). 8 generations have worked the land, and in recent years, under winemaker Corlea Fourie, they have produced some exceptional wines. Never shy to experiment, expect more great things from this estate.”
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