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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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