Boplaas Family Vineyards in Calitzdorp excelled in the two biggest wine competitions in South Africa, Veritas and Michelangelo, by winning two double gold and nine gold medals here.
A Veritas 2017 double gold was awarded to the Boplaas Heritage Muscadel 2014. This prestigious, gold-coloured dessert wine was made from full-ripe Muscadel grapes, handpicked early in the morning from a 33 year-old vineyard.
A Michelangelo 2017 double gold was awarded to the Boplaas Gamka 2015, a red blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, Touriga Francesa and Shiraz. This outstanding wine recently scored 91/100 in a judging by Tim Atkin, the leading British Master of Wine.
Three Veritas golds were awarded to the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2015 and 2013 (both SA Champion Ports at the SA Young Wine Show) and the Boplaas Cape Tawny (4½ stars in Platter’s and Best SA Port at the CAPPA Challenge).
Six gold medals were awarded to Boplaas at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards. Margaux Nel, Boplaas winemaker, is very proud of the gold medal for the Boplaas Touriga Nacional 2015 red wine, having done her MSc in Viticulture on the subject of this Portuguese cultivar at the University of Stellenbosch.
With a distilling history going back to 1880 when Daniel Nel, great-great-grandfather of owner Carel Nel, exported brandy to London, Boplaas is also very proud of the gold medal for the Boplaas 20 Year Potstill Brandy (also a Platter’s 5 star recipient) and the Boplaas Craft Gin.
In addition, Boplaas won a Michelangelo gold medal for the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2014. Made in a more elegant style, this port has the potential to age for more than 20 years. The other two golds were for the Boplaas Vintage Reserve Port 2013 and the world-class Boplaas Cape Tawny. The latter wine was made from Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barocca and aged for 10 years in old Portuguese oak barrels.
Boplaas wines and spirits are available nationwide only at selected outlets due to their limited production volumes. They can also be ordered through the Boplaas website, www.boplaas.co.za, which provides more information about the Boplaas ranges of fine natural wines, fortified wines and brandy.
Boplaas can be contacted on 044 213 3326 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Boplaas is on Twitter @Boplaas1880 and Instagram @Boplaaswines.