Boplaas has the Midas touch with trio of Grand d'Or at Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards 2014

Boplaas Family Vineyards were elated to be rewarded with a trio of Gran d'Or medals for their Family Reserve Bobbejaanberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 and Boplaas Heritage Muscadel 2011 at the 18th instalment of the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards (MIWA).

A pursuit of becoming a complete all rounder of note, might not only apply to cricket, but also to the small family owned and operated Boplaas Family Vineyards located in the sleepy Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp.  Their indomitable all-rounder status was rewarded at the 18th MIWA ceremony this past Friday, at the Lord Charles hotel in Somerset West, with a total of three Gran d'Or (double gold) medals, two gold medals and a one silver medal.  The trio of double gold's went to the Boplaas Family Reserve Bobbejaanberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014, the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 & the Boplaas Heritage Muscadel 2011.  With over 1700 entries only Boplaas Family Vineyards, Kleine Zalze and Diemersdal managed to clinch an unprecedented three Gran d'Ors each.

Boplaas also managed to clinch a further two Gold medals for the Boplaas Portuguese Connection 2013 exclusively bottled for Woolworths - a blend of Tinta Barocca, Touriga Nacional & Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011 - which earlier this year won the CAPPA Trophy 2014 for best Cape "Port".  The maiden vintage of the Boplaas Straw Wine 2013, crafted from ultra raisined Viognier, was awarded a valiant silver medal.

Located at over 650m in elevation amongst fynbos and in the shadow of the craggy peaks of the Outeniqua in the Upper-Langkloof, the Bobbejaanberg Sauvignon Blanc was hand harvested the 31st March & minimal intervention in the cellar ensured the optimum expression of this site was captured.  "This is viticulture at the edge of the Cape, a glimpse at the inherent potential of these marginal sites and a fine example of cool climate Sauvignon," notes cellar master Carel Nel.  A mere 888 of 6 bottle cases of this second ever vintage were crafted; due once again the marauding troop of baboons, after whom the wine is named, did a little "crop reduction and extensive sampling".

The Gran d'Or awarded to the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 is another feather to add to the cap of this fine Cape Vintage - meticulously hand crafted from a trio of old vine Portuguese varieties according to traditional methods, in the drier Vintage style and intended for decades of careful bottle ageing.  Earlier this year, the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2011 took top honours at the CAPPA Challenge 2014, and continued its good form with a gold medal at the MIWA.

The Boplaas Heritage moniker is reserved for the very best Muscats crafted from exceptional sites, utilizing traditional vinification methods and bottled in limited quantities to celebrate the Nel's wine making heritage going back to the 1800's.  The Boplaas Heritage Muscadel 2011 originates from an old block of Muscat d'Frontignan in the Breedekloof and this complex, concentrated and full-bodied Muscat will offer drinking pleasure over the next few decades.  Apart from the MIWA Gran d'Or, the Heritage 2011 also took home a Terroir Award this year.

An innovative blend of Tinta Barocca, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Boplaas Portuguese Connection 2013 offers Woolworrth's consumers a taste of Portugal's premier grape varieties with the comforting familiarity of Cabernet.  This buxom red wine took home gold and is the ideal partner for grilled red meats, traditional Portuguese fare or whenever the need arises for a good bottle of red.

The full Boplaas range of MIWA award winning wines are available for tasting and purchase from our cellar door in Calitzdorp, as well our tasting room in Little Brak along the Garden route; while the Boplaas Portuguese Collection is exclusively available from selected Woolworth's stores nationwide.

Boplaas Best SA Port Producer at Classic Wine Top Six Cape "Ports" with fabulous five & a five star too

Boplaas Family Vineyards, the benchmark Cape "Port" producer from the sleepy Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp, has once again proven its dominance of the category with an unprecedented five wines in Classic Wine's TOP SIX, while also managing a perfect 5 Star rating for the Boplaas Vintners Reserve Cape Tawny N/V.

"From the temporary, class is permanent," is an oft heard quote in the context of sport, but it is quite an apt one when it comes to the crafting of fine Cape fortifieds.  Crafting an exceptional fortified requires astute knowledge and skill along each step of the way from harvest, fortification, extended barrel maturation and the final blending creating a wine which quite easily can mature decades in bottle.  Boplaas Family Vineyards continued its recent run of good form and showed its true class by producing an unprecedented five of the Classic Wine's TOP SIX Cape "Ports", as well as scooping the only 5 Star rating for the Boplaas Vintners Reserve Cape Tawny Non-Vintage (V/N).  The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011 garnered 4½ Stars, while 4 Stars were awarded to the Boplaas Cape Vintage 2012, Boplaas "The Chocolate" Cape Vintage 2012 and the Boplaas CWG Cape Vintage Auction Reserve 2009 - while only one other wine managing a similar score.

A true testament to the patience and craftsmanship, the Boplaas Vintners Reserve Cape Tawny N/V is a blend of only the finest Cape Tawny crafted from Tinta Barocca and Touriga Nacional, matured in old 500l Port Pipes for twelve to fourteen years prior to blending.  This lusciously complex fortified with its amber colour, heady aromatics and nutty flavour profile offers those lucky enough to broach a bottle or two the opportunity to taste a rare fine example of Boplaas Cape Tawny.  Best served chilled, this wine is best accompanied by roast duck, port dishes, mildly spiced Cape Malay cuisine or a fine selection of aged cheeses, charcuterie, preserved green figs or dark chocolate.  This luminary wine cleaned up the competition circuit in 2013 receiving double gold at the Veritas awards, Grand d'Or at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards and top honours with the trophy at the CAPPA Challenge - an utter bargain from the cellar door at R 150 per half bottle.

Legendary wine judge Dave Hughes noted earlier this year at the CAPPA Challenge 2014 that the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011 was ",by a clear margin the best wine on show", winning not only its class, but overall trophy too boot.  It was also the only wine to garner 4½ Stars in the Classic Wine TOP SIX.  Meticulously  crafted for decades of cellaring and enjoyment, from a quartet of Portuguese varietals - including a patch of wizened ungrafted Tinta Barocca on Boplaas - utilising traditional vinification techniques, matured in old barrels and bottled unfined & unfiltered to reflect the essence of the vintage, varieties and exceptional sites from which the wines were borne.  A mere 400 cases of this fine Cape Vintage Reserve were crafted.

Although viewed as a luxury, untold value is to be had by consumers in this category, a point proven by both the 4 Star scoring Boplaas Cape Vintage 2012 and Boplaas "The Chocolate" Cape Vintage 2012, with the former selling from the cellar door for R75 per bottle and the latter an amazing R55 per half bottle.  Crafted from trio of Portuguese varieties according to traditional techniques, the Boplaas Cape Vintage 2012 will offer exceptional drinking pleasure over the coming decades - if well cellared.  Ripe black plum, sweet spice, firm tannins and an unmistakable hints of coco nib and dark chocolate - that is what old vine Tinta Barocca consistently delivers, thus the Boplaas "The Chocolate" Cape Vintage was borne - an utterly enjoyable Boplaas fortified.

Originating from a ungrafted Tinta Barocca vines, old vine Touriga Nacional, Souzão and Touriga Franca - the Boplaas CWG Cape Auction Reserve 2009 was crafted & blended solely for the CWG Auctions.  Carel Nel is a 25 year guild member and still the only member from the Southern Cape.

These top Boplaas Cape fortifieds - except the CWG Auction wine - are available from the Boplaas cellar door in Calitzdorp and Boplaas tasting room in Klein Brak along the Garden Route, as well as discerning fine wine retailers nationally.

Boplaas dealt a Royal flush at the CAPPA Challenge 2014, with five wines in the TOP 10

Boplaas Family Vineyards crafted an unprecedented five of the TOP 10 wines at the CAPPA Challenge 2014, including the top scoring Boplaas Tinta Bacocca 2013.  This incredible Royal flush is reward for the dedication and effort of the Nel's & the Boplaas team in the pursuit of crafting the finest table wines from Portuguese varieties in the Cape.

The Cape Port Producers' Association (CAPPA) Challenge 2014, for the third year garnered entries not only for Cape "Ports", but also for Portuguese varietal and blended table wines - containing a minimun 40% Portuguese varietal(s) - from across the Cape winelands.  The independently audited, blind tasting conducted by a panel of Cape Wine Masters and chaired by Dave Hughes sniffed, swirled & sipped their way through all the entrants, with the TOP 10 wines announced at an awards ceremony held on the 3rd June at Muratie in Stellenbosch.  This year's top TOP 10 wine was the Boplaas Tinta Barocca 2013, followed closely by the Boplaas Family Reserve Touriga Nacional 2012 - both these wines were awarded one of only three gold medals garnered.  The Woolworth's Boplaas Portuguese Connection 2012,  Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2013 & Boplaas Touriga Nacional 2013 also clinched spots in this year's Top 10, making it a Royal flush for Boplaas.

All the winning wines, as all Boplaas's red wines, were crafted from hand-harvested fruit; fermented in traditional open top cement fermenters - lagars as they're called in Portugal - with manual pigeage to coax colour & flavour from the grapes; after which the wines were judicially oaked prior to bottling with a light filtration.

The Boplaas Tinta Barocca 2013 originates from Boplaas's low-yield vines ranging in age from 5 to 25 years dotted around Calitzdorp and matured in older French oak; while the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2013 originates from older vines imparting more intense black berry, cocoa and plum flavours, while a combination of new and 3rd fill barrels are used to mature wines in.  Both these wines highlight Tinta Barocca's smooth, fruit forward attributes and make ideal accompaniments to rustic farm fare, a simple Saturday afternoon braai or simply savoured on their own.  An even more impressive fact is that the top scoring Boplaas Tinta Barocca 2013 is available from the cellar door for under R 60 per bottle offering wine lovers a pocket pleasing champion.

Touriga Nacional is regarded as the "King of the Portuguese vines" and rightly so, this low-yielding variety enables the skilled vintner to craft wines possessing power, elegance and longevity.  For the gold medal winning Boplaas Family Reserve Touriga Nacional 2012 fruit was sourced from the finest sites in Stellenbosch, Wellington and home-grown old Calitzdorp vines, with a mere eight barrels bottled and deserving of careful cellaring for a good few years.  Crafted from the finest Calitzdorp fruit, the Boplaas Touriga Nacional 2013 is far more approachable take in the varietal - exhibiting the tell-tale red and black hedgerow fruits, fynbos and savoury notes which lend this wine to pairing with hearty rustic fare or enjoyed on its own when a buxom red wine is required.

The latest vintage of the ever popular Woolworth's Boplaas Portuguese Connection 2012 - a blend of Tinta Barocca, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon - cracked the nod and slotted it into the CAPPA Top 10.  This buxomly fruited, yet savoury and complex wine is available from selected Woolworth's stores nationwide and is an ideal companion for the chilly winter nights which lay ahead.

These award winning fine Portuguese varietal wines offer the consumers a taste of the exotic and foreign without leaving the country's borders and are available from our cellar door in Calitzdorp, as well our tasting room in Little Brak along the Garden route, discerning retailers nationwide and of course select Woolworth's stores nationwide.

For more information about these exciting wines and our range of fine wines, fortifieds & brandy please give us a call on +27 (0)44 2133326, send us an email to info@boplaas.co.za, tweet us @Boplaas1880 or better yet, drop in for a tasting at our cellar door in Calitzdorp.

A double at Top 100 SA Wines 2014 for Boplaas

Both Boplaas's maiden release of the Gamka Touriga Nacional / Shiraz 2012 blend and the indomitable Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011 managed to be included in the Top 100 SA Wine awards 2014 which is a top result for this small family run winery from the heart of the Klein Karoo in Calitzdorp.

The fourth iteration of the Top 100 SA Wines with tasting panel - including Master of Wine, world renowned independent judges and expert winemakers - attracted 491 entries and for the second time Boplaas managed to secure two spots in the top one hundred wines, with the maiden release of the Boplaas Gamka Touriga Nacional / Shiraz 2012 and the benchmark Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011.

Named in honour of the Gamka River which carves its way from the Great Karoo to the Klein Karoo and which has supplied water for the family's farming operations since the first Nel's of Boplaas settled in the quaint Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp in the mid 1800's, the maiden release of Gamka is multi-regional blend of Touriga Nacional and Shiraz.  Select low-yield Touriga Nacional sites were identified in Stellenbosch and Wellington, as well as an exceptional plot of bush vine Stellenbosch Shiraz to complement the Calitzdorp Touriga Nacional.  All fruit was hand harvested in the early morning hours, traditionally vinified in open top cement fermenters (lagars) and matured in large format French oak prior to blending and bottling.  A mere 3400 bottles were crafted of this plush, exotic, complex and age worthy red wine.

Boplaas is synonymous with the crafting of benchmark, authentic and age worthy Cape "Port"-style fortifies from Portuguese varieties and Top 100 Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011 continues this legacy.  Crafted hand harvested fruit originating from a quartet of old vine Portuguese varieties, vinified in lagars (traditional open top cement fermenters) with intense pigeage, matured in Port pipes and expertly blended to result in a fine fortified to be enjoyed over the coming decades.  The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port is only crafted in exceptional vintages and deemed for decades of careful cellaring and enjoyment.

The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011 is available at R 200 p/b and the Gamka 2012 at R 175 p/b from the Boplaas cellar doors.  To experience these fine Cape wines and our range of table wines, fortifieds and fine brandies visit our cellar door in Calitzdorp, as well as our tasting room along the Garden Route near Little Brak River.

Boplaas Superstar at Veritas: 5 Double Gold plus 6 Gold

Boplaas Family Vineyards nestled in the sleepy Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp, clinched five double gold medals at the 23rd annual Veritas wine awards. One of the five double gold medal was for brandy & another 6 gold medals to cap off another stellar performance.  This impressive haul ensured that Boplaas Family Vineyards was the best performing private cellar at the awards.

The 23rd annual Veritas wine awards ceremony held this past weekend, will be remembered by Boplaas Family Vineyards for quite a while; as this family run cellar nestled in the quite Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp & famed for its fine Cape fortifieds won an unprecedented five double gold medals and six gold medals for the wines entered.  The Boplaas 15 Year Reserve brandy clinched one of only seven double gold medals awarded to brandies.  Double gold was awarded to the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009, Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2010, Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintner’s Reserve N/V and the Cool Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013Veritas is the longest running and largest blind-tasted bottled wine competition in South Africa.

The dedicated pursuit of crafting the finest Cape fortifieds from Portuguese varietals according to traditional methods was handsomely rewarded with double gold medals for the Boplaas Cape Vintner’s Reserve N/V (375mℓ), Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009 and Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010.  The Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintner’s Reserve 1994 and Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1995 - aged in barrel for 18 and 17 years respectively – were awarded gold medals, as to the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011.  Boplaas’s fine Cape fortifieds accounted for three of the five double gold and three of the six gold medals awarded to Cape “Ports” at Veritas 2013, firmly fortifying its position as a leading producer of Cape Ports.

Unbeknownst to most, Sauvignon Blanc is one of Carel Nel’s great passions and the double gold medal for the Cool Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and gold for the maiden release of Boplaas Bobbejaanberg Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 are reward for his efforts over the last two decades.  The Cool Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 was one of only 8 double gold medals awarded; while the gold medal achieved by the maiden release Bobbejaanberg is a first for a wine originating from the Upper-Langkloof ward.  The Cool Bay Reserve originates from prime maritime vines, while the Bobbejaanberg originates from a site in the Outeniqua range at an elevation in excess of 600m.  Both these terroir specific wines were crafted in limited quantities from the cellar door.

Muscadel has been crafted by the Nel’s of Boplaas since the mid-1800’s and to celebrate this heritage, limited release bottlings of Muscat de Frontignan crafted according to traditional methods from exceptional vineyards and destined for extended cellaring have been launched under the Boplaas Heritage Collection.  The two Veritas gold medals claimed by the maiden releases of the Boplaas Heritage White Muscadel are a great reward.  The gold winning Boplaas Heritage White Muscadel 2011 originates from old vines grown along the Breede River in Goudini; while the Boplaas Heritage White Muscadel 2012 was crafted from a gnarled old block planted by Oupa Danie Nel in 1979.  Total production amounts to a mere 3300 bottles of each of these fine Muscats.

To top off the incredible all round performance, a double gold medal was claimed by the Boplaas 15 Year Reserve Brandy – one of only 7 awarded; while the Boplaas 8 Year Reserve Brandy was awarded a silver medal.  Both these fine hand-crafted small batch brandies are available from the cellar door & a select few retailers nationwide. Boplaas has a rich brandy heritage dating back to 1880 when great grand father of Carel Nel exported brandy in barrels to London.

For information regarding these and other Boplaas wines visit www.boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044-2133326, send an email to info@boplaas.co.za, follow us on @Boplaas1880 on Twitter or come visit us in the Klein Karoo at our cellar door in Calitzdorp.

Boplaas scoops double Gran d’Or at Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2013

Boplaas Family Vineyards were awarded two Gran d’Ors for the Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve N/V and the limited release ultra premium Boplaas Gamka 2012.  This fantastic result was capped off with two gold medals & three silver medals at the 17th annual Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2013.

The 17th annual Michelangelo International Wine Awards garnered a total of 1415 entries which were judged blind by an expert panel consisting of 16 international wine judges, who awarded a total of 481 medals -including only 3 Platinum, 57 Gran d’Ors & 198 gold medals.  Boplaas Family Vineyards received two Gran d’Ors, two gold medals and three silver medals.

Boplaas Family Vineyards has built up an enviable reputation for the crafting of fine Cape fortifieds according to traditional methods and utilizing Portuguese varietals.  The Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve N/V a blend of fine barrel-aged Tawnies crafted from Tinta Barocca won a Gran d’Or or double gold medal – adding to it being crowned top “Port” at this year’s CAPPA Port Challenge 2013.  The Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1997 won a gold, adding to its 5 Star rating in Platter’s, a double gold Veritas 2011 & an inclusion into the SA “Top 100” wines awards 2012.  Two silver medals were awarded to the Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V and the Boplaas Cape Vintage “The Chocolate” Port 2011.  The Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V has also been included into the Good Value Guide 2014.

Silver went to the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2012 -which adds to its Top 10 gold medal at this year’s CAPPA Challenge 2013 – crafted from old vine Tinta Barocca to highlight this varietals inherent cocoa flavour profile.  The immensely popular Boplaas Merlot 2011 clinched a gold medal, adding to its Good Value Award 2013, and is a real feather in the cap of Boplaas’s vineyard and cellar team.

The soon to be launched ultra premium Boplaas Gamka 2012 clinched one of the 58 Gran d’Or medals.  Named after the Gamka River, meaning “lion” in the Khoikoi language, this maiden release of cellar master Carel Nel’s ultra premium blend of Shiraz and Touriga Nacional is crafted according to traditional methods, matured in new French oak barrels, will only be released in exceptional years and in small volumes.

All the Michelangelo International Wine Awards winners are available for purchase from Boplaas’s cellar door in Calitzdorp & at the Cool Bay tasting room in Little Brak River along the N2 near Mossel Bay; while the Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V, Boplaas Cape Vintage “The Chocolate” Port and Boplaas Merlot are available from leading retailers nationwide.

For more information about Boplaas please visit our cellar door in Calitzdorp, visit www.boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044-2133326, send us an email to info@boplaas.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Boplaas1880

Boplaas crowned champion at SA Young Wine Show 2013

Nestled in the heart of the Klein Karoo, Boplaas Family Vineyards was crowned SA Champion at the SA Young Wine Show 2013 results held at Org de Rac in Piketberg.  Boplaas was also crowned SA Champion Port in 2010, 2007, 2006, 2005, 1987 and 1986. Boplaas’s fine showing included three class winners and 5 gold medals – including a gold medal in the highly competitive Sauvignon Blanc category.

There is an old stockman’s adage “competition breeds best” and this quite possibly lies at the heart of the SA Young Wine Show – a competition where the latest vintage’s wines are assessed blind by wine professionals in over 110 categories.  The SA Young Wine 2013 attracted 2060 entries from 135 producers, with Boplaas Family Vineyards being crowned SA Champion Port, and also picking up three trophies in the Port category winners, two gold medals for white Muscadel, a gold in the Sauvignon Blanc category and a final tally of 16 medals.  This fine showing can only be attributed to the dedicated efforts of all the vineyard teams, cellar staff, farm manager Pieter Terblanche and winemakers Carel & Margaux Nel.

The dedicated efforts of crafting authentic Cape “Port” styled fortifieds from Portuguese varietals continues to garner success with the Monis Trophy, the Dr AI Perold Trophy, AJ Conradie Trophy & SA Champion Port trophy all won by fortifieds crafted from traditional Portuguese Port varietals and traditional methods.  The 2013 Vintage Ports are marked by exceptional colour, tannin structure, fruit concentration & complexity which will after barrel maturation, blending & bottling offer consumers enjoyment over the coming decades.  A total of six gold medals were awarded across the four Port classes, with Boplaas accounting for three class winners and 5 gold medals.

Muscat de Frontignan has been crafted by the Nel’s of Boplaas for generations with the skill and “secrets” of crafting these wines that typify the Klein Karoo terroir being passed on from one generation to the next – this tradition continues with Margaux Nel at the helm of winemaking.  Boplaas managed to clinch two gold medals of the 8 in total awarded to the white Muscadel category (Class 081 & Class 082).

Continuing the surprising success with Sauvignon Blanc – Boplaas having crafted the SA Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the SA Young Wine Show 2009 & 2010 – is a gold medal received by the maiden vintage of the Boplaas Family Reserve Bobbejaanberg 2013.  The Bobbejaanberg Sauvignon Blanc was crafted from a parcel of vines terrorized by a troop of Baboons and located at an elevation well in excess of 600m in the Outeniqua Mountain range of the Upper-Langkloof ward.  The fruit was harvested the 2nd week of April, a mere 1400 bottles were crafted and this unique Sauvignon will be made available from the Boplaas cellar door mid-October.

Boplaas once again punched well above its weight and performed admirably with a final medal tally of 16 - 3 Class Winners, 5 Gold, 6 Silver & 2 Bronze.  To experience Boplaas’s wines, please visit our cellar door in Calitzdorp or visit our Cool Bay tasting room in Little Brak along the N2 near Mossel Bay or purchase our wines at leading national retailers.

For more information visit www.boplaas.co.za, give us a call on the farm on 044-2133326, send an email to info@boplaas.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Boplaas1880

Boplaas Cape Winemakers Guild Port & Brandy available on 2013 Auction

Carel Nel, owner and cellar master of Boplaas Family Vineyards is a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild since 1988 and the only member from the Southern Cape.
Each year the prestigious Nedbank CWG Auction showcases the finest and most exclusive wines produced by its talented members.  These are limited edition wines and produced in small volumes exclusively for the Auction.

The two products on the 2013 Auction from Boplaas is the Boplaas Auction Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009 (30 x 6 x 750ml) and the Boplaas Ox wagon 1880 Auction Potstill 8 year old Brandy (24 x 6 x 750ml).

On the pre-auction tasting 100% of the CWG members approved the Potstill Brandy.  The Brandy and Port will be available for tasting at the Cape Town (22 August) and Johannesburg (29 August) showcase.
The Ox wagon 1880 Potstill Brandy is in honour of Daniel Nel, Carel Nel’s great-great-grandfather that exported brandy in 1880 to London in barrels.  The brandy was transported to Worcestor on an ox wagon and from there by train to Cape Town and by ship to England.

This year the Nedbank CWG Auction will take place on Saturday, the 5th of October 2013 @ 09:00 at the Spier Conference Center, Stellenbosch.  Private clients can purchase wines on the Auction and small lots are available.

Contact Kate Jonker on kate@capewinemakersguild.com for further details and to register for the Auction.  On-line and telephone bidding is available.

Boplaas comes out tops at CAPPA Challenge 2013

The small family cellar from the quaint Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp, Boplaas Family Vineyards excelled at the Cape Port Producers’ Association (CAPPA) Challenge 2013 with three category winning wines & the overall trophy winner for the Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve N/V.

The production of fine fortifieds has always been a strong suite of producers at the Cape & none so more than those from the Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp whose producers craft fine Cape “Ports” crafted from traditional Portuguese varietals.  This dedication to the use of Portuguese varietals and the crafting of authentic Cape “Ports” was once again been exemplified by the stellar results achieved by Boplaas Family Vineyards at this year’s CAPPA Challenge 2013.  This small family cellar received the trophy for overall winner for the Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve N/V, with the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 runner up and also clinching victories in three of the five categories.

Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve N/V was crafted from Tinta Barocca, aged 12 years in large old oak barrels with a further two years in tank prior to blending and bottling.  “South African tawnies are as good as the best from Portugal” commented Dave Hughes – panel chairman and internationally recognized taster.  The Boplaas Cape Tawny 1995 – a Vintage Tawny or Colheita – crafted from a selection of 17 year old barrel aged Tawny was runner-up in the Cape Tawny category.  Three gold medals were awarded in the Cape Vintage category to the category winning Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010, to the runner-up Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009 and finally, to the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008.  These three these Cape “Ports” were crafted from traditional Portuguese varietals, in a drier-style & deemed for decades of careful cellaring.

The Museum Class – for Cape fortifieds 10 years or older – was won by the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2003 and the runner-up slot went to the Boplaas Cape Tawny 1994.  For the second year running, the CAPPA Challenge included the CAPPA Top 10 for Portuguese varietal & blended table wines with a minimum Portuguese varietal(s) component of 30% in the blend.

This year, the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2012, the Boplaas Ring of Rocks 2011, Boplaas Touriga Nacional 2009 & Woolworths Portuguese Collection 2010 by Boplaas were included in the CAPPA Top 10.

These award winning Cape “Ports” & table wines are available from select retailers nation winde and from our cellar door in Calitzdorp, as well as from the Cool Bay tasting room in Groot Brak River along the N2 near Mossel Bay.  For more information please visit Boplaas visit www.boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044-2133326, send an email to info@boplaas.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Boplaas1880

Enjoy a little rest bit from the rush, with the Boplaas's Stoepsit Sauvignon Blanc

When you think of the houses of the quaint Karoo towns dotted along the Route 62 and beyond, one striking attribute that all share in common is the presence of a “stoep” or wrap-around patio.  These “stoeps” serve as gathering places for friends, family and passers-by where stories are told,
problem are solved and where you can take refuge from the day’s toil.

To celebrate Boplaas’s patriarch Ouma Roeline’s 90th vintage, her love of Sauvignon Blanc, the innumerable afternoons she’s entertained friends and family on her “stoep” and the joy this has brought her, it is only apt that from this vintage the Boplaas Sauvignon Blanc will be henceforth be bottled as the Boplaas Stoepsit Sauvignon Blanc.

The first Sauvingon Blanc crafted at Boplaas was in 1982 and since then Roeline’s son, Carel Nel, has each vintage attempted to craft the ideal “stoep” companion for his mother and her friends.  Along the line, Boplaas were the first to craft Sauvignon from high up in the Outeniqua range at Ruiterbosch; experimenting with the Blanc Fumé wine style; crafting site specific Sauvignon’s from exceptional coastal vineyards and have also managed to craft back-to-back South African National Young Wine Show Champion Sauvignon Blanc in 2009 and 2010.

The Boplaas Stoepsit 2013 is an entirely affable Sauvignon with its zippy citrus, tropical fruit flavours and low alcohol level making it the ideal partner to light fare, canapés, lazy sunny afternoon gatherings on the “stoep” or simply sipped on its own while enjoying another glorious African sunset.  The Stoepsit Sauvignon 2013 is available from the Boplaas cellar door in Calitzdorp and the Cool Bay tasting room in Groot Brak River just off the N2 near Mossel Bay, for a pocket pleasing R35 per bottle.

For more information about the Boplaas range of table wines, award winning Cape fortifieds and brandy please visit www.boplaas.co.za; give us a call on 044-2133326, send us a mail info@boplaas.co.za, tweet us @Boplaas1880 or simply come visit us at our cellar door in Calitzdorp.

Boplaas again joins the "Top 100" list

Boplaas again joins the “Top 100” list

Boplaas Family Vineyards in Calitzdorp are proud to announce that a wine once again has been included in the “Top 100” South African wines of 2013.  The host of international and local judges, award Boplaas a spot in the “Top 100” for the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010.

Crafted from a quartet of Douro varietals and in the traditional drier Vintage style; the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 with its inky black colour, heady aromatic bouquet, intense spice and grippy tannins, will evolve in bottle over the next three decades or more - for those who are willing to exhibit restrain.  A part from being nominated in the “Top 100” 2013, this youthful Cape Vintage Reserve received a double gold at Veritas in 2012 and 4 ½ stars in Platter Guide 2013.

Best enjoyed decanted with a selection of charcuterie, hearty venison dishes or after a meal accompanied with cheeses, dried fruits, nuts and preserves.

Apart from the stellar performance of Boplaas’s Cape Ports, the table wines produced from the traditional Douro varietals offer a glimpse into the future of this exceptional terroir, especially the Ring of Rocks (newly released 2011 vintage, an innovative blend of Touriga Nacional, Merlot and Cabernet), the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 (rated as best red wine at the Cape Port & Wine Challenge 2012) and Woolworth’s Boplaas Portuguese Connection red blend.

For more information please visit our website www.boplaas.co.za, visit our cellar door in Calitzdorp, give us a call on 044 2133326 or alternatively email marketing@boplaas.co.za or winemaker@boplaas.co.za

Super year for Boplaas in 2012

The Boplaas Cape Tawny Port 1997 - a rare Colheita - reigned supreme as the top scoring Cape "Port" at the inaugural Classic Wine "Top of the Top 6".  This achievement was one of the many highlights of 2012 for this small family cellar situated in the tiny Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp.
Dedication, passion, traditional methods and the pursuit of perfection are often pandered around and have become hollow clichés in the world of wine, but without these tenants and resilience, the small family cellar that is Boplaas in Calitzdorp would surely not have achieved the level of success which it enjoys.

The Nels of Boplaas can trace back their vinous heritage to their very first export of potstill brandy to London in 1880 and have become synonymous with the crafting of arguably the finest Cape “Port”-styled wines and fortifieds. Their all-round vinous ability has also been proven by the crafting of back-to-back SA Young Wine Trophy winning Sauvignon Blanc in 2009 & 2010; while in 2005 they were crowned overall top producer at the Veritas awards.

In 2012 the awards continued to steadily roll in, the latest being the fact that the Boplaas Cape Tawny Port 1997, achieved the highest overall score at the inaugural Classic Wine “Port” tasting and was included in this year’s “Top of the Top 6”. This rare Colheita – dated tawny – was crafted solely from Tinta Barocca and the single barrel was aged for 12 years before bottling unfined & unfiltered.  Amongst this latest accolade, this very same wine was included in the South African “Top 100 wines” 2012, Platter’s 5 Star awardee, Veritas double gold in 2011 and being crowned top “Port” in the Musuem Class at CAPPA’s 2012 Port & Wine Challenge.  This exceptional Cape Tawny epitomizes the dedication to the art of crafting fine fortifieds.

Veritas 2012 resulted in two double gold medals achieved for the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2009 and Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2010; while three gold medals were achieved for the gold medals for the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2007, Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1995 and Boplaas Cape Vintage
Reserve 2002.  This impressive haul resulted in Boplaas firmly positioning itself amongst the top producers in the Cape’s largest and longest running wine competition.
A brace of golds and a prestigious Grand d’Or were won at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2012.  One of only 44 Grand d’Ors went to the luminary Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2006; while golds were scooped up by the Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V, Boplaas “The Chocolate” Cape Vintage Port 2010 and the
Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011. While the Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V claimed a silver medal, to add to its title of Cape Ruby category winner at the CAPPA Challenge 2012.
The innovative and immensely popular Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 – a dry red crafted from Tinta Barocca – also managed to take top honours at the inaugural CAPPA “Port & Wine Challenge” 2012 outscoring all Portuguese led blends and varietal wines. Boplaas’ stable of Portuguese varietal table wines claimed an impressive three spots in the CAPPA “Top 10” – with the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 joined by the Boplaas Tinta Barocca 2009 in 3rd and the “Top 10” rounded out by Woolworths’ Boplaas Portuguese Collection 2011.

At the SA National Young Wine Show 2012, Boplaas faired admirably clinching the only gold medal for a fine Touriga Nacional and took the top honours as best performing private cellar in the Klein Karoo.  The Boplaas Merlot 2011 and Boplaas Hanepoot 2012 clinched spots amongst the 549 wines included in Ultra Liquors’ BestValue Guide 2013 chosen from the 1114 entrants all retailing below R80 a bottle – with the judges extremely surprised by the quality and value offered by the Merlot in particular.
Continuing their strong showing in the fortifieds category, the Boplaas White Muscadel 2011 received one of only three gold medals for White Muscadel at the South African Muscadel Association & Enartis Muscadel Awards 2012 and was the only Muscadel from the Klein Karoo to walk away with a medal. At this
year’s Terroir Awards – the first time, wines from the district of Calitzdorp could enter – the Boplaas Muscadel 2011 managed to receive the highest score of Muscadel in the district.

This year has also seen the up-dating of packaging and launch of Boplaas’ new white wine labels by Stellenbosch design impresarios Fanakalo; coupled with the launch of the Klein Karoo’s very first low-alcohol Muscat table wine, the Boplaas Moscato Light 2012 (Veritas bronze 2012), as well as the Carel Nel 15 Year Old Reserve Brandy and the Nel’s Heritage Muscat both of which are exclusively available from the cellar door. While 2012 also resulted in the release of only the 3rd ever, Cool Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. The Cool Bay Reserve was crafted from old dry-land farmed bush-vines within earshot of the icy Atlantic Ocean in Darling and garnered a 4 Star rating in Platters’ 2013.

For more information on these stellar award winning wines and our extensive range, please visit our website www.boplaas.co.za, send us a mail to info@boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044 – 2133326, follow us on Twitter @Boplaas1880 or come visit our cellar door.

Boplaas 2 Double Gold's & 3 Gold's at Veritas 2012

Boplaas Family Vineyards, in the tiny Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp, outshone many participants at the 22nd annual Veritas wine awards this past weekend amassing an impressive tally of three gold medals and two double gold medals.  This impressive result fortifies Boplaas’s position as one of the Cape’s finest producers.

At the 22nd annual Veritas wine awards held this past weekend, Boplaas Family Vineyards amassed an impressive haul of three gold medal and two double gold medals entered at South Africa’s longest running premier wine competition.  This year’s Veritas awards attracted 1 744 wines and brandies, which were judged by panels of local and international experts, with an impressive total of 58 double gold and 147 gold medals being awarded.

Boplaas’s commitment to producing the finest Cape fortifieds from traditional Portuguese varietals and the dominance of this category was once again affirmed by the Veritas gold medals for the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2007, Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1995 and Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2002.  Top-honours were taken by the impressive Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009 and Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2010, both wines with cellaring potentials well in excess of three decades.

The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2002 - a previous Platters’ 5 Star nominee and double gold medal winner at Veritas 2004 – was the only gold medal awarded in the Museum Class.  The Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1995 - a rare Colheita or Vintage Tawny - crafted from Calitzdorp Tinta Barocca exhibits
all the traits of a fine drier-styled Tawny Port with its golden amber hue and complex spicy palate.  A previous 5 Star Platters’ luminary and gold medal winner at the 2012 CAPPA “Port & Wine Challenge”, the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2007 capped off this year with a gold Veritas 2012.

The double gold medal awarded to the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2009 caps off its 5 Star Platters’ rating, inclusion in the SA Top 100 Wines  list of 2012 and Top 6 in the inaugural Classic Wine Cape Port tasting; while the Veritas double gold Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 topped its CAPPA Port & Wine Challenge 2012.  Both these wines were crafted from a quartet of Portuguese varietals, in true Vintage style and can be cellared with confidence in excess of three decades or more.

A limited number of cases of the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2009 & 2010 will be made available to the public from the cellar door for a limited time period; while the Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1995 and Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2002 is exclusively available from our cellar door in Calitzdorp.

The Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 - a gold medal winner at the Michelangelo CCL Label International Wine Awards 2012 and overall top scoring wine at the CAPPA “Port & Wine Challenge” 2012 Top 10 – was awarded a silver medal; while the maiden vintage of the Boplaas Moscato Light 2012 achieved a bronze to bring Boplaas’s medal tally to seven from the eight wines entered.

The gold medal Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2007 and our entire range of table wines, Cape fortifieds, Muscats and brandies are available for tasting and purchase from our cellar door in Calitzdorp and the Cool Bay tasting room along the N2 in Groot Brak River.

For more information about us or enquires visit our webstie www.boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044-2133326, send an email to info@boplaas.co.za, find us on Facebook or simply follow us on twitter @Boplaas1880
Wine enthusiasts interested in our older Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Ports or wines, can direct any queries to winemaker@boplaas.co.za

Boplaas paints a potrait of gold and silver at Michelangelo 2012

Boplaas Family Vineyards performed admirably at the Michelangelo wine awards 2012 scooping a quintet of medals.  The perennial favourite Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V garnered silver, while gold medals were won by the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011, Boplaas “The Chocolate” Cape Vintage 2010 and Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V, and the much lauded Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006 won a prestigious Gran d’Or – one of only 44 awarded.

With the wine awards’ season in full swing Boplaas Family Vineyards in Calitzdorp are making it another good harvest, judging by their recent haul of five medals at the Michelangelo CCL Label International Wine Awards 2012 including a prized Grand d’Or.  This year’s Michelangelo awards attracted 1432 entrants with a mere 44 Gran d’Or medals awarded.  The luminary Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006 amongst its long list of awards can now add a Michelangelo Gran d’Or to the tally.

A firm favourite and winter staple in many a South African household, the fine Cape Ports Boplaas craft according to traditional methods from Portuguese varietals also dazzled the Michelangelo’s judges.  The Boplaas Cape Ruby Port N/V – a category winner at this year’s CAPPA “Port & Wine Challenge”- managed to garner a silver medal; while the Boplaas Cape Tawny Port N/V and Boplaas “The Chocolate” Cape Vintage Port 2010 both struck gold.  ”The Chocolate” Cape Vintage originates from a particularly old Tinta Barocca vineyard.

The exceedingly popular Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 was awarded a Michelangelo gold adding to its stellar performance at the inaugural CAPPA “Top 10” earlier this year - where it received the highest score of all entrants and topped the “Top 10”.  The Tinta Chocolat is crafted from hand-harvested Tinta Barocca from a selection of the best blocks on Boplaas.  The impressive Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006 added a Michelangelo Gran d’Or to its already extensive tally of awards, which include a Platters’ 5 Star rating, a 5 Star from WINE, Veritas double gold and being crowned overall Champion at the CAPPA “Port Challenge” 2011.

The Boplaas Cape Ports and wines are available from most leading retailers and from our cellar door in Calitzdorp and the Cool Bay tasting room along the N1 near Little Brak.  For more information on these and our range of wines, visit www.boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044-2133326, drop us a line at info@boplaas.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Boplaas1880
Queries and requests for the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006 can kindly be issued to winemaker@boplaas.co.za

Make that a double dose of Boplaas Best Value! Ultra Liquors Best Value Wine Guide 2013

Make that a double dose of Boplaas Best Value! Ultra Liquors Best Value WIne Guide 2013

In these tumultuous economic times, it is reassuring to know that it’s still possible to enjoy a quality local wine without having to break the bank, such as the Boplaas Merlot 2011 and Boplaas Hanepoot 2012, which were among the 549 wines included in Ultra Liquors’ BestValue Guide 2013 chosen from the 1114 entrants.  The price criteria for this year’s Guide was increased to include all local wines available to the public at a price below or equal to R80 per bottle – a price point reflecting a substantial  portion of the local wine market – and wines had to score a minimum of 2 ½ stars to be considered.  The Boplaas Merlot 2011 is available from the cellar door in Calitzdorp at R48 a bottle, while the Hanepoot 2012 comes in at an astonishingly pocket-friendly R41.

Boplaas Merlot with its opulent red fruit, black plum, subtle spice and smooth tannin structure has been a perennial favourite amongst visitors to the cellar door and local consumers alike.  Crafted from hand harvested fruit and fermented in traditional “kuipe” (open-fermentors) with manual pigeage, result in a versatile red with a friendly 13.5% alcohol and the potential for further cellaring.  All of Boplaas’s wines are crafted from hand-harvested fruit and in the case of the red & fortified wines, are fermented in traditional “kuipe” (open fermenters) with manual pigeage to coax the colour and flavour from the skins in order to craft wines of elegance and utter drinkability.

Calitzdorp has always been associated with the quality of its fine Cape fortifieds crafted from traditional Portuguese varietals and its Muscats, with the Boplaas Hanepoot 2012 rightly continuing this heritage.  Crafted from Muscat d’Alexandria vines ranging in age from 10 to 40 odd years, the fruit is allowed a day of cold soaking to coax those defining ripe melon, pineapple, citrus and lovely grapey Muscat flavours from the skins prior to fortification.  This year was a particularly dry harvest season resulting in Muscats with more complexity and lighter, less cloying wines which, when served chilled make an ideal partner to spicy Indian dishes, exotically aromatic Thai cuisine, comforting Cantonese dishes or your favourite dessert.

The recognition garnered by these wines is reward not only for the efforts of our vineyard team who tirelessly toil to ensure only the very best fruit makes it to the cellar, but are also a reflection of the versatility of this family cellar and the dedication to the crafting of exceptional quality and value throughout the range.
Both the Boplaas Merlot 2011 and Boplaas Hanepoot 2012 are widely available from reputable retailers, as well as from our cellar door in Calitzdorp and the Cool Bay tasting room in Groot Brak.  For more information about these and our other award winning wines please visit www.boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044-2133326, send an email to info@boplaas.co.za / marketing @boplaas.co.za or send us a tweet @Boplaas1880

Fantastic 5 for Boplaas at SA National Young Wine Show 2012

“Competition breeds the best” is an old adage that rings true not only for sheep farmers, but also viticulturists and winemakers. The SA National Young Wine Show (SANYWS) the oldest wine competition in the country, is an important barometer of not only vintage and wine quality, but also regional, cultivar and comparative wine quality. Boplaas, the family cellar situated in the tranquil Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp, has once again faired admirably with a total of five gold medals for a Touriga Nacional, a white Muscadel and three Cape “Ports”.

Boplaas’s efforts in the betterment of Portuguese varietal table wines and Cape “Ports” are bearing fruit with the four gold medals received for the young wines crafted from these varietals in this vintage.  The two golds were achieved by wines in the Vintage (including classwinner in the Vintage Class) and one in the Tawny class – these fine fortifieds were crafted utilising traditional Portuguese methods and varietals. These wines will find their way into Boplaas’s fine Cape Vintage and Tawny’s in the years to come.  Boplaas’s Touriga Nacional won gold in the unusual varietal class and this wine with its intense purple colour, floral aromatics and savoury flavours shows incredible potential.  This Touriga Nacional, as well as the Tinta Barocca, Touriga Franca and Souzão from this vintage will form the components for the Boplaas’s Tinta Chocolat, Tinta Barocca, Touriga Nacional and Ring of Rocks blend in the years ahead.  Boplaas received more gold medals in the Cape “Port” category than any other producer, once again affirming the cellars reputation as one of the finest producers of this style in the Cape.

The Klein Karoo has long been famed for its fine Muscats and Boplaas continues this with the gold medal Muscat de Frontignan at the SANYWS 2012.  This gold medal is another feather in the cap with the golds achieved at the SA Muscadel Association and Enartis Muscadel Challenge 2012 and the Novare Terroir Awards 2012 by the Boplaas Muscadel 2011.  This gold medal Muscat originates from a block planted back in 1976, which is cropped to a meagre 5 tons per hectare in order to craft a complex Muscat with excellent ageing potential.

Unfortunately, these young wines have not yet made their way to bottle, but our range of table wines, sparkling wines, fine Cape “Ports”, luscious Muscats and potstill brandies are available for tasting and purchase from our cellar door in Calitzdorp and our tasting room in Groot Brak River. For more information, visit www.boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044 213 3326, send us a mail at info@boplaas.co.za /marketing@boplaas.co.za or simply follow on Twitter and ask us about our wines @Boplaas1880.

Boplaas affirms itself as one of the fairest Ports of call at Classic Wine's inaugural Port tasting

Boplaas affirms itself as one of the fairest Ports of call at Classic Wine’s inaugural Port tasting

The fine Cape Port-styled wines of Boplaas dominated the inaugural Port tasting in the June issue of Classic Wine.  The Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1997 rating 4 ½ stars, while four other Ports earned 4 Star ratings and the stalwart Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V earned a 3 Star rating.  A most pleasing result for the Nel family of Boplaas’s continued dedication in crafting fine Cape fortifieds from traditional Portuguese varietals.

The fine Cape Ports of Boplaas continued to reaffirm their position as some of the very finest produced in the country, garnering a 4 ½ Star, four 4 Stars and a 3 Star rating in Classic Wine’s inaugural Port tasting in their June issue.  The Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1997 – a rare Colheita or dated Tawny – received one of only two 4 ½ Star ratings; while 4 Star ratings were received by the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009, Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006, Boplaas Cape Vintage Port 2009 and the Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V.  The stalwart comforter of many a cold winter’s evening and hunting trip, the Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V received a 3 Star rating to round out Boplaas’s excellent showing.

The Nel family of Boplaas’s dedication to the crafting of authentic Cape fortifieds from traditional Portuguese varietals grown in the deep red soils of Calitzdorp and painstakingly sourced from vineyards spread across the Cape’s finest terroir, as well as the adherence of traditional wine making techniques continues to be rewarded by the ever increasing levels of quality, complexity and excellent ageing potential of these wines.

The Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1997, crafted from a single barrel of Tinta Barocca aged for 12 years prior to bottling, has previously received a double Gold medal at Veritas 2011, a 5 Star rating from Platter’s and recently awarded a spot in the “South African Top 100 Wines 2012” list.  The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006, crafted from a trio of Portuguese varietals, is a previous 5 Star Platter luminary, as well as being crowned overall winner of the Cape Port Producer’s Association “Port Challenge 2011”.  The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009, a 5 Star Platter wine as well as SA Top 100 Wine 2012, crafted from a quartet of Portuguese varietals.  The Boplaas Cape Vintage 2009 and Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V both received double gold medals at Veritas 2011; while the stalwart Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V received a 4 Star rating in Platter’s 2012.

The Boplaas Cape Vintage Port 2009, Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V and the Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V are available nationwide from all fine retailers and from our cellar door in Calitzdorp.  The Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1997, Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2006 and Boplaas Cape Vintage 2009 are exclusively available from our cellar door in Calitzdorp and a select few fine wine retailers.  For more information on these and our other wines visit www.boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044-2133326, send us a mail at info@boplaas.co.za / marketing@boplaas.co.za or visit us for a tasting at our cellar door in Calitzdorp or Cool Bay tasting room in Little Brak, Garden Route.

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

Boplaas proves a dab hand with Portuguese varietals at CAPPA "Port & Wine Challenge 2012"

Boplaas proves a dab hand with Portuguese varietals at CAPPA “Port & Wine Challenge 2012”
Boplaas Family Vineyards from the Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp have once again proven their mastery of not only Cape Ports, but also red table wines crafted from Portuguese varietals, with their strong showing at CAPPA’s “Port & Wine Challenge 2012”.  With a class winner in the Cape Ruby category, four gold medal Ports, three wines in the inaugural “Top 10” and top scoring table wine for their Tinta Chocolat 2011, the Boplaas team can be well chuffed with their performance.
This year’s Cape Port Producers’ Association (CAPPA) “Port & Wine Challenge 2012” - with the first ever inclusion of table wines crafted from Portuguese varietals – delivered quite a few surprises for the Boplaas team.  Boplaas Family Vineyards nestled in the quite Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp - long renowned for its excellent Cape Ports, fortifieds and table wines - once again excelled with the stalwart Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V winning the Cape Ruby category; four Cape Ports being awarded gold medals; three still wines in the inaugural CAPPA “Top 10” and the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 being awarded the highest mark in the “Top 10”.
Boplaas’s continual success in the crafting of fine Cape Port-styled fortifieds can simply be ascribed to “keeping it real and simple” – that is, painstaking viticultural preparation, hand-harvested Portuguese Port varietals vinified according to traditional methods and expert blending to craft authentic Cape “Ports”.  The ever dependable Boplaas Cape Ruby Non-Vintage (N/V) – a blend of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barocca – was crowned category winner in the Cape Ruby category; while the Boplaas Cape Tawny Show Reserve achieved one of only two golds in the Cape Tawny category and came in runner-up to the KWV Classic Cape Tawny – the eventual overall show winner.  The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2010 and Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2007 both received one of only 7 golds awarded in the Cape Vintage category; while the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2001 received gold and was crowned joint-category winner in the Museum Class (wines older than 10 years), sharing the honours with neighbours De Krans.
This year marked the inaugural inclusion of a still wine category to the CAPPA “Challenge” - with all still wines containing a minimum of 30% Portuguese varietal(s) being eligible for entry – with the aim of highlighting the many fine table wines crafted from traditional Portuguese varietals.  Boplaas has for many years crafted varietal and blended red wines from Tinta Barocca and Touriga Nacional.  Boplaas’s dab hand at the mastering of these Portuguese varietals was affirmed by three wines being included in the CAPPA “Top 10” and the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 being awarded the highest score in the category.

An unashamedly modern styled wine - crafted from hand-harvested fruit fermented in open-fermenters with a combination of oak, intense pigeage and barrel maturation in French barrique -the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 accentuates the varietals black plum, bramble, black berry, spice and cocoa notes, while creamy oak notes flesh out the pallet.  The Old World inspired Boplaas Tinta Barocca 2009 - crafted in traditional open fermenters with manual pigeage, barrel matured of 8 months in 3rd fill French barrique and moderate 13.5% alcohol – took the hotly contested third spot; while the Boplaas Portuguese Connection 2011 – a blend of Tinta Barocca, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon - specially produced for Woolworths rounded out this year’s Top 10.
The Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V and Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 are widely available from all fine retail establishments; while all the award winners and many more fine wines are available from our cellar door in Calitzdorp.  For more information about our range of Portuguese varietal wines, fine Cape fortifieds and all other queries please visit www.boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044-2133326, send us a mail at info@boplaas.co.za or marketing@boplaas.co.za, alternatively stop by our cellar door in Calitzdorp and come and sample our range.
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Boplaas flies the flag for Klein Karoo at SA Muscadel Awards

Boplaas flies the flag for Klein Karoo at SA Muscadel Awards

The Boplaas White Muscadel 2011 joined the luminaries at the SA Muscadel Association Enartis Awards with a well deserved gold. Boplaas's White Muscadel was the only award winner from the Klein Karoo and one of only three gold medals for White Muscadels.
As the cold fronts lash the Cape with wet weather and the rest of the country enjoys frosty white mornings, it’s time for a glass of Muscadel to warm the heart and the toes! And what better to keep the chills away than the gold medal Boplaas White Muscadel 2011. The Boplaas White Muscadel 2011 received one of only three gold medals for White Muscadel at the South African Muscadel Association and Enartis Muscadel Awards 2012.

At the informal awards ceremony on Thursday night at Noop Restaurant in Paarl, Sweepie Le Roux – patriarch of Muscadel – waxed on lyrically about the marvels of Muscadel and how we as South Africans should realize the outstanding quality, value, ageability and versatility offered by these wines. This was highlighted by each of the courses including Muscadel and the incredible 1930 Muscadel which walked away with the top accolade.

The Boplaas White Muscadel 2011 was crafted from optimally ripe, hand-harvested Muscat de Frontignan grown in the picturesque Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp. In the cellar, the Muscat is allowed a period of skin contact prior to pressing and immediate fortification to capture the full fruit essence of the varietal. The final blend consists of parcels from vineyards ranging in age from five to 35 years in age – this ensures that a level of complexity is achieved which is the hallmark of a fine Muscat and ensures its ability to age well over a decade or more.

The Nel’s of Boplaas have endeavoured to create Muscadel brimming with melon, citrus, fresh fig and hints of spice, all encased in luscious sweetness. Served well chilled this Muscadel is perfect as an aperitif or partner to spicy Indian dishes, comforting Cantonese cuisine, aromatic Thai dishes or traditional Cape fare such as bobotie with yellow rice, sultanas and sambals. Alternatively, pair this Muscadel with decadent desserts or simply enjoy along the fire side.

The Boplaas White Muscadel 2011, as well as our Hanepoot and fine Cape fortifieds are available from most fine wine retailers nationwide. For more information about this Muscadel and our range of fine fortified Muscats please visit our website at www.boplaas.co.za, send us an email to info@boplaas.co.za / marketing@boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044 213 3326 or drop in at our cellar door in Calitzdorp to taste our extensive range of wines.

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Boplaas Cape Tawny Port selected as one of the Top 10 Winter Sippers by Food24

Boplaas Cape Tawny Port selected as one of Top 10 Winter Sippers by Food 24

Winter brings sniping cold nights and white frosty mornings for most of the country; while howling winds and sheets of rain pelt the fairest Cape, and the Durbanites can still surf in the middle of July!  Short of moving to Durban or booking weekly flights to avoid the worst of the winter chill, we here at Boplaas advise a glass or two of our fine Boplaas Cape Tawny.  The amber-brown elixir with its citrus, spice, honey, caramel and nutty aromas; the lusciously smooth palate and its restorative spirit grip will keep winter at bay, while livening up rustic winter fare.

Recently the superb quality and satisfaction offered by the wine was highlighted by Cathy Marston, wine writer, when the Boplaas Cape Tawny Port was selected as one of the top 10 winter sippers by Food24 (www.food24.com).  The dedication and patience required in crafting a fine Cape Tawny is unparalleled; as the “base” wine requires almost a decade in barrel to attain the typical amber-brown Tawny colour; its distinctive nutty-aromatics and artful blending to craft a complex, structured and enjoyable wine.

In crafting a Boplaas Cape Tawny the old adage of “, a the wine is made in the vineyards,” rings true as only the finest Tinta Barocca is selected in the vineyard, hand harvested and fermented in traditional lagares to produce the inky black wines destined to age slowly in large old barrels for a decade or more.   Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V (non-Vintage) is an expert selection of barrel matured Tinta Barocca, a significant portion having aged a decade or more in barrel, to producing a complex and sumptuous Cape Tawny that exhibits all the traits that make this style so exceptional.  A multi-award winner, the Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V received double gold at Veritas 2011; was the category winner and “Reserve Champion” at the CAPPA “Port Challenge” 2011; as well as receiving a 4 ½ star rating from Platter’s Guide 2012.  Boplaas’s Cape Tawnys have also being crowned “Port of the Year” at the South African Airways wine selection five years in a row – from 2007 to 2011.

Traditionally Boplaas Cape Tawny would be enjoyed after a meal accompanied by mature cheeses, fig preserve or a decadent dessert like Malva pudding, chocolate gateau or traditional rice pudding; however this wine is equally adept at pairing with a host of tapas; roast duck with orange sauce (cunard L’orange) or grilled duck breasts; a waterblommetjie bredie with roast sweet potatoes; fine charcuterie or as mixer with tonic water for a refreshing long drink.  To savour the complex aromatics pour a judicious amount of Boplaas Cape Tawny in a red or white wine glass and its best served lightly chilled at 12 - 14˚C or cooler.

The Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V is available at all good retailers throughout South Africa and is available for tasting and purchase from our cellar door in Calitzdorp at R90 p/b.  A selection of limited release Cape Tawny’s- such as the Boplaas Reserve Cape Tawny 1997, a Vintage Tawny - are also exclusively available from our cellar door.  For more information about our wines visit www.boplaas.co.za, give us a call on 044-213326 or send an email to info@boplaas.co.za or marketing@boplaas.co.za, alternatively take a trip along the R62 and visit us in Calitzdorp.

Boplaas joins the "Top 100" list with a double

Boplaas joins the “Top 100” list with a double

Boplaas Family Vineyards in Calitzdorp are proud to announce that two wines have been included in the “Top 100” South African wines of 2012.  Of the three wines entered, the host of international and local judges, award Boplaas two spots in the “Top 100” for the Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1997 and Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2009.

The Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1997, a rare Colheita or vintage Tawny of which only 1200 half bottles were bottled, has been awarded a 5 Star rating from Platter’s, a double gold at Veritas 2011 as well as scooping the Museum Class at the Cape Port Producer’s Association  “Cape Port Challenge” 2011.  Crafted from old vine Tinta Barocca and aged twelve years in an old Port pipe, this amber red wine optimizes the complexity of Tawny with walnut, treacle, tangerine marmalade, bitter chocolate, all-spice and honey notes; all cloistered in warming brandy spirit and with a lingering sumptuous finish.  A perfect accompaniment to artisanal cheeses and dark chocolate gateau, but also an apt partner to roast duck and a roast leg of lamb.

Crafted from a quartet of Douro varietals and in the traditional drier Vintage style; the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2009 with its inky black colour, heady aromatic bouquet, intense spice and grippy tannins and will evolve in bottle over the next three decades or more - for those who are willing to exhibit restrain.  A part from being nominated in the “Top 100” 2012, this youthful Cape Vintage Reserve is a 5 Star alumni in Platter’s 2012.  Best enjoyed decanted with a selection of charcuterie, hearty venison dishes or after a meal accompanied with cheeses, dried fruits, nuts and preserves.  The Cape Vintage Reserve 2009, is also the first Boplaas Port bottled under our new label designed by Fanakalo.

Apart from the stellar performance of Boplaas’s Cape Ports, the table wines produced from the traditional Douro varietals offer a glimpse into the future of this exceptional terroir, especially the Ring of Rocks (4 Stars Platter and an innovative blend of Touriga Nacional, Merlot and Cabernet), the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat (rated as Sunday Times wine of the week April 2012) and Woolworth’s Boplaas Portuguese Connection red blend.

The Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1997 is available exclusively from our cellar door at R150 p/b; while only 20 cases of the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2009 will be released for a limited period at R175 p/b until such time as we see fit to release the next tranche.

5 Stars for Boplaas Family Vineyards in Platter's South African Wine Guide 2012

5 Stars for Boplaas Family Vineyards in Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2012

The much anticipated annual Platter’s South African Wine Guide, regarded as an essential companion to the South African wine lands, with more than 6000 wines rated for the 2012 edition has just been released.  As in previous years, Boplaas Family Vineyards in Calitzdorp was again fortunate to be awarded one of the 47 “5 Stars” that were awarded in the 2012 guide.  As per previous year’s it was the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port that took top honours – this year with the outstanding Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009.  With more than fourteen wines rating 4 or more stars in the guide, and the Boplaas Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and Boplaas Viognier 2010 being noted as being “exceptionally drinkable and well priced” or as the guide calls it a “quaffer”.  As from last year, Platter’s sends a panel of tasters to the Klein Karoo to assess each producer’s wines within the region to create a regional benchmark and the duo of tasters result in a more representative score.The list of Boplaas’s top performing wines in the 2012 edition, available from the cellar door in Calitzdorp, are as follows:

5 Stars – Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009 & Boplaas Cape Tawny Port 1997 (375mℓ)4 ½ Stars – Boplaas Hanepoot Reserve 2011 (375mℓ), Boplaas Red Muscadel Vintners Reserve 1975, Boplaas Muscadel Reserve 2010 (375mℓ), Boplaas Cape Tawny Port N/V, Boplaas Cape Vintage Port 2009, and the Boplaas The Chocolate Cape Vintage Port 2008.

4 Stars – Boplaas Family Reserve Shiraz 2007, Boplaas Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz 2007, Boplaas Cape Ruby Port N/V, Boplaas Cape Tawny Port Vintners Reserve N/V (375mℓ), Boplaas Cape Tawny Port Show Reserve N/V and Cool Bay Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2010.

3 ½ Stars – Boplaas Pinot Noir Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2009, Boplaas Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Boplaas Family Reserve Pinotage 2008, Boplaas Pinotage 2009, Boplaas Shiraz 2008, Boplaas Touriga Naçional 2009, Boplaas Hanepoot 2011 and Boplaas Muscadel 2011.

Boplaas Family Vineyards - Port Kings at Veritas

Boplaas Family Vineyards - Port Kings at Veritas

Boplaas Family Vineyards from the quaint Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp, have once again proved that they are amongst the Cape’s finest producers by garnering three double gold, one gold medal and a silver medal from their seven entries entered at Veritas 2011. Veritas, South Africa’s largest and most prestigious wine awards, celebrated its 21st year of competition with a record number of 1739 entries, of which only 42 were awarded the ultimate accolade of double gold.  Boplaas was pipped at the post by the KWV, but none the less, was the most successful privately owned cellar of the competition.

The three double gold medals were awarded to the Boplaas Cape Vintage Port 2009, Cape Tawny Port Non-Vintage (N/V)and the Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1997; while Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008 garnered one of the four golds awarded in the Cape Port category.  This stellar performance of Boplaas’s Cape Ports at Veritas and the Cape Port Producer’s Association (CAPPA) Port Challenge this year, has fortified its reputation as one of the Cape’s finest producers.

The Boplaas Cape Tawny Port N/V, a blend of fine Tawnies that are barrel matured for ten years, was crowned “Port of the year” at the SAA Wine Awards 2010 and has been served to business class passengers this year, while this Cape Tawny won the Tawny category at the CPPA’s Port Challenge earlier this year.  The Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1997, a rare Colheita crafted from Tinta Barocca, is a previous 5 Star Platter’s luminary and the only double gold medal Port in the Museum Class at Veritas 2011.  The Boplaas Cape Vintage Port 2009, a blend of the Douro’s traditional Port varietals Touriga Naçional, Tinta Barocca and Souzão, was awarded double gold and is available ex-cellar for R62 p/b.  A gold medal was awarded to the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008 which last year received Platter’s ultimate 5 Star rating and earlier this year garnered a 4 ½ Star rating from WINE’s annual Port tasting.

Although Boplaas’s Cape Ports make headlines, this producer’s versatility has been highlighted by back-to-back SA Champion for Sauvignon Blanc at the National Young Wine Show in 2009 and 2010 for the Cool Bay Sauvignon Blanc Reserve; the numerous 4 Star Platter’s rating for the Boplaas Family Reserve red wines and artisanal Cape Postill brandies that grace the annual Cape Winemaker’s Guild Auction.  The Boplaas Ring of Rocks, an innovative blend of Touriga Naçional, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, was nominated as one of the “Top 10 Red Wines” for National Braai Day by Cathy Marston on Food24.com.

All this year’s Veritas award winning Boplaas Cape Ports are available from the cellar door in Calitzdorp and will be available for tasting at Veritas’s various national tastings*.  For more information and enquiries contact the cellar on (044) 2133326, or send a mail to marketing@boplaas.co.za or winemaker@boplaas.co.za.  Alternatively visit our website at www.boplaas.co.za or you can “LIKE” us on Facebook.  For information regarding the Veritas public tastings visit www.veritas.co.za

Boplaas one of the Top 10 Wines for National Braai Day by Food24

Boplaas one of Top 10 wines for National Braai Day by Food24

Is there anything better than a ‘tjop ‘n dop’ on National Braai Day? Of course not and in my book, it’s even better if the ‘dop’ is wine and not beer. It’s thirsty work braaiing so try and remember that wine is stronger than beer and don’t embarrass yourself by keeling over halfway through – try a block or two of ice in your whites or alternate each glass of wine with a glass of water. Here are my top ten wines to have with the top five favourite things to throw on the grill.

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Boplaas 'Ring of Rocks' CMT 2007 R75 cellar door
I had this after a really not terribly good day recently and it cheered me up no end. It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Touriga Nacional – the main grape variety used in Port. Not surprising really, since this comes from those peerless port producers, Boplaas. It’s rich, rounded, savoury with a creamy silky finish. Perfect with a whole fillet rolled in cracked black peppercorns.

Written by Cathy Marston
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The champion amongst champions, Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006

The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006 has proved it mettle as being one of the best Ports in the Cape, by garnering the highest accolades in all competitions it entered.  The accolades started to befall this fine Cape Port in 2006, when this wine was crowned South African Champion Port at the South African National Young Wine Show; a 5 Star from Platter’s followed in 2009; while in 2010 it received WINE magazines full five star rating and at Veritas Double gold was added to the list, and finally this auspicious Cape Port was crowned Champion Port, as well as Vintage Port category winner, at the SAPPA Port Challenge 2011.

The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2006 is crafted from a combination of the Portuguese varietals Touriga Naçional, Tinta Barocca and Souzão, all originating from a selection of old, low yielding vineyards.  As with all Boplaas’s Cape Ports the traditional Port making techniques are followed as far as possible, such as fermentation in lagares , manual pigeage, while the wines are fortified with only the finest brandy spirit, matured in Port pipes and  finally bottled unfiltered and unfined.  The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2006 is still very much in the primary stages of development - with a bouquet of ripe apricot, peach, macerated black hedgerow fruits, plums, leather, allspice and “meaty-earthy” notes – and will continue to develop over the next four decades or more.

On a recent visit to Portugal, a few bottles of Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006 were taken with to gauge its quality against the best of the Duoro, many great Port makers such as Peter Symington, Dirk Niepoort enthused about this Cape Ports exceptional quality and its similarity to the very best Vintages of the Douro.The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006, a limited production of 4800 bottles, is still available from selected fine retailers and direct from the cellar.

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 1986 - 2006 Vertical Tasting

A vertical is always special; one of Cape Vintage Ports is more than that, it’s a new experience.

The opportunity for such an experience was afforded to a small group of wine folk by Carel Nel (pictured) and family of Boplaas Calitzdorp, surely a name to conjure up some of the best Cape Port styles produced today.
In the convivial atmosphere of 96 Winery Road, we were treated to 11 vintages, starting with the regular 1986 Vintage before moving on to the Vintage Reserves from that vintage as well as 1989, 1991, 1994 1999, 2001 (CWG), 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The difference between standard and Reserve vintages as described by the South African Port Producers Association (now re-named the Cape Port Producers Association) is that the Reserve should come from a year of recognised quality and be aged for a minimum of a year in wood.

The quality of that screwcapped 1986, from 100 per cent tinta barocca and still drinking well, illustrates both the suitability of the Calitzdorp area is for this style of wine and the speed with which the Nels grasped how to make them. They’ve come a long way since then, to the extent that Paul Symington of the family behind the Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Dow’s and Warre’s Ports, has remarked, ‘There is nothing in the New World that compares with South African Port styles.’

Perhaps the major improvement, apart from experience, is the introduction of the king of Port varieties, touriga nacional, planted in 1991 and incorporated in the blend from the mid-90’s. No, that’s jumping the gun; the remarkable 1989 CVR, again a tinta-only vintage from ungrafted, 21 year old vines, reflects the trend for drier wines, around 90 grams of residual sugar, and higher alcohols, between 19% to 20% alc. Better structure, some traditional grip and good freshness enlivens the rich, complex fruit. Don’t rush to open this great one.

Regrettably and at the grand age of 42 years, that vineyard was uprooted after succumbing to nematodes, rather than the phylloxera one might have imagined.

The Nels started to make contact with the Symingtons in 1989, a meeting that gave them an entrée to valuable advice and experience. In the vineyards the goals are low yields with harvesting around 26.5º Balling – lower and the grapes aren’t fully ripe; higher and unwanted raisiny flavours intrude. Quality in the cellar has gained from acid adjustments of around 1.5 g/l, a better understanding of blending and the oaking regime. ‘In 1986 we used new, small oak,’ Nel remembers, ‘never now, new oak flavours are the last thing we want in the wine. Today we use 500 litre barrels, some 80 years old. Of course, you have to be careful to keep the barrels clean, especially as we bottle the wine unfiltered.’

The lodestar for determining vintage quality is most likely still cabernet from the hub of the Western Cape (Stellenbosch, Paarl etc); Ports from the Calitzdorp area don’t follow obediently. For instance, both 1991 and 1999 were cooler years; in the former, Boplaas Vintage Reserve lacked the fruit richness of 1989 but, in contrast 1999 has more grunt and grip with a beguiling violet fragrance, hinting at the touriga in the blend with tinta barocca; it is still remarkably young.  A much hotter year in 1994 produced a big structured wine replete with earthy, sweet fruit from its tinta, souzão blend and a warming spirity finish. It too can benefit from further ageing.

But if any vintage demonstrated how careful one has to be to pin an overall quality assessment to Cape wines, it is 2002. After a terrible, wet 2001 spring, when downy mildew ran rampant and then an early onset of winter, it proved one of the worst years for cabernet and most reds, apart from some shiraz, in the main areas. Not so for Boplaas Port, a Platter five star wine with incredible concentration and orange peel scents among its complexities. The structure just seems to grow and grow. It’s difficult to believe it was pipped by the 2001 sold on the Cape Winemakers Guild auction, but it was. This classic – in build as well as in its 50% touriga, 35% tinta and 15% souzão make up - is reminiscent of Portuguese Ports in that it is nowhere near ready to drink. In all respects it has great balance and would make a welcome present for any Port lover turning 21 in 2022 and probably age well for much longer.

If 2003 shows more forward fruit without the concentration of the brilliant, intense 2005 or 2006 (announced the morning of our tasting as winner of the 2011 SAPPA Cape Port Challenge), all three illustrate an upward quality curve thanks to older vines and the Nels’ greater experience. In other words, the vintages shown differed in many respects but there were no poor wines.

There was much discussion about the spirit used for fortification. The Portuguese use an un-aged wine spirit from Cognac. Here a blend of brandy (pot stilled spirit) and wine spirit (column stilled) fortifies the wine, the actual quantities being determined by the desired goal of a final alcohol level of around 18.5% to 20% alc. Nel warns that the fortification should have no brandy flavours, which overrides the fruit, a character I don’t like at all. Surprisingly, Nel claims that if the same spirit as used by the Portuguese was employed in our Ports, the difference between the two wines would be minimal.

There is a bigger difference coming. Nel says from 1st January 2012, ‘Port’ will be dropped from the label locally. Despite the fact that the Wine and Spirits Agreement with the EU has yet to be ratified and the €15 000 000 promised for the restructuring of the SA wines and spirits sector as well as for marketing and distribution of these products has yet to be paid, the Port producers have agreed to drop Port from the label for local sales. Any reference not on the label is permissible, eg Calitzdorp is the Port capital of South Africa. Expect to hear that often!

In my previous blog I mentioned disappointment that no Ports had been awarded gold medals at the last two Trophy Wine Shows. The possible reason is that as the wines have improved, they take longer to show well and have been entered when too young. Certainly Christian Eedes and I agreed we would without question give the 2005 a gold; it received silver last year.
Only 750 cases of the Vintage Reserve are made; much is sold from the farm. It’s worth the detour.

Written by Angela Lloyd

 

ABSA Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival in June

This year is also the ABSA Calitzdorp Port and Wine Festival, which will be held from the 16th to 18th June.

For more information on activities, exhibitors and much more visit www.portwinefestival.co.za or contact Boplaas on 044-2133326.

Boplaas excel in June issue of WINE Magazine

Boplaas Family Vineyards in Calitzdorp has once again proven that their Cape Ports are a cut above the rest, by garnering star ratings of 4 or more stars for four of their Cape Ports in the June issue of WINE magazine.

The Boplaas Cape Tawny Port 1997 – a Colheita which spent 12 years in barrel – was awarded 4 ½ Stars.  This exceptionally rare Cape Tawny also achieved a 5 Star Platter rating; a Veritas Gold in 2009 and was the winner of the “Museum class” at the SAPPA Port Challenge 2010.

The Boplaas’ Cape Tawny Port N/V was also awarded 4 ½ Stars, a wine that last year won “Port of the Year” at the SAA Wine Awards and was awarded Double Gold at Veritas.

In the Vintage class, the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008 received a rating of 4 ½ Stars, with this wine also receiving a 5 Star rating from Platter’s 2011.

The Boplaas Cape Vintage The Chocolate Port 2008 was awarded 4 Stars and is an unwooded Port crafted from selected Tinta Barocca and Touriga Naçional vineyards that year-on-year produce Ports with a prominant cacao and black berry flavour profile.  The Boplaas Chocolate Port was also awarded a 4 ½ Star rating in Platter’s 2011 and is available in 375mℓ packaging.

The Boplaas Cape Tawny Port 1997 is available only from the cellar door, while all the other Boplaas Cape Ports reviewed in WINE are widely distributed throughout South Africa.  For enquires contact Boplaas at 044- 2133326 or visit the website www.boplaas.co.za

Boplaas Cool Bay Sauvignon Blanc in Top 10

The Boplaas Cool Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009 was chosen as one of the top 10 Sauvignon Blanc's at this year's Bartho Eksteen Sauvignon Blanc Challenge. It got the fourth highest score overall. The wine was made from chosen grapes from the Darling and Durbanville wine growing areas. Extreme care had been taken with the selection of the grapes and transport to the cellar at Boplaas in Calitzdorp. Boplaas produced the SA Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the young wine show in 2009 and 2010 (entered C. Nel).

The wine had been left on the lease for 6 months before bottling. It has an asparagus green pea flavour with a well balanced acidity and a lingering aftertaste.

The father and daughter team Carel and Margaux Nel is very proud of producing both the SA Champion Sauvignon Blanc and SA Champion Port (SANW) in 2010.

Triple crowned Port from Boplaas loved by Portuguese Port Makers

Carel and Margaux Nel the father and daughter winemaking team from Boplaas visited the Douro Valley recently during the harvest.

One of the samples they took along was the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2006. The 2006 was made from low yielding Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca and Souzoa grapes. This stunning Port got a Veritas Double Gold medal, a Platter 5 star award and the only Vintage Port to get a 5 star rating in Wine Magazine this year.

Boplaas also made the SA Champion Port at the SA Young Wine Show in 2006.

The Nel team stayed with the Symingtons at Quinta Bomfim and tasted old Vintage Ports every night. Both Peter Symington and Dirk Niepoort was amazed with the deep black colour and the fruit intensity of the 2006 Boplaas Reserve.

Dirk Niepoort also opened a bottle of 1863 Niepoort Port. This lovely old Port was still in perfect condition and it showed why Port is a drink for Kings.