Port and Goats Milk Casata


It’s still balmy and sunny here but the faintest hint of Autumn can be felt in the early mornings and late evenings. Well, at least Autumnal enough to justify an over the mountain Port run.
Every winter we stock up on a few cases of Cape Tawny Port from Calitzdorp’s  Boplaas Winery for those nights when the fire isn’t quite enough (most nights). The Port from this part of the South African Karoo is superb – world class.

There are many similarities between the climate of Calitzdorp and the Douro vally in Portugal. The poor, well-drained soils of Calitzdorp, where vines struggle to ripen, are very suitable for Port production. These port-wines are produced from port grape varieties such as Tinta Barocca and Touriga Nacional. 2-boplass-port

All the Ports are good but my favourite is the Cape Tawny Port. Lovely burnished coppery gold, lively nutty aromas with a touch of nutmeg and a creme caramel finish.

To make it all more wonderful I’ve now found the perfect complement to the Port. En route to Calitzdorp, just outside Oudtshoorn, you’ll find the Tantinki Goats Milk Products farm-stall. They sell the largest range of goats milk products in South Africa and the variety is immensely creative.

My new discovery is the Goats Milk Casata – goats milk cheese with chocolate, mocha and hazelnut. Spread it on a plain biscuit, pour a glass of Port, and the loss of days on the beach is pretty bearable.

Goats milk cheese with chocolate, mocha and hazelnut.

Goats milk cheese with chocolate, mocha and hazelnut.


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