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.