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 perennial favourite and winter staple in many a South African household, the fine Cape fortifieds Boplaas craft according to traditional methods from Portuguese varietals also dazzled the Michelangelo’s judges. The Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V – a category winner at this year’s CAPPA “Port & Wine Challenge”- managed to garner a silver medal; while the Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V and Boplaas “The Chocolate” Cape Vintage 2010 both struck gold. ”The Chocolate” Cape Vintage originates from a particularly old Tinta Barocca vineyard that year-on-year produce wines with pronounced cocoa aromas and combined with the dark fruit flavour profile of Touriga Naçional creates a full-bodied, yet accessible and food-friendly Vintage-styled fortified.
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, fermented in traditional kuipe (open-fermenters) with manual pigeage to extract optimal aromatics, flavours and colour. The wine is matured in a combination of French and American oak to highlight the inherent cocoa undertones of the varietal, while the masses of black fruit, subtle spice and smooth tannins create a voluptuous, well integrated and versatile food-friendly red wine.
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, Top 6 at Classic Wine Port Challenge and being crowned overall Champion at the CAPPA “Port Challenge” 2011. This fine fortified was crafted from only the finest hand-harvested Tinta Barocca, Touriga Naçional and Souzão from low yielding old vines and in accordance to traditional Portuguese methods. Besides the impressive tally of awards, this wine will offer enjoyment over the next three to four decades if cellared correctly.
The Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V, Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V, Boplaas “The Chocolate” Port 2010 and Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 are available from most leading retailers and from our cellar door in Calitzdorp and the Cool Bay tasting room along the N1 near Great Brak.
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