Boplaas triumph at CAPPA "Port and Wine Challenge 2012"
19 June 2012 by Boplaas Family Vineyards
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 and Wine Challenge 2012". With a class winner in the Cape Ruby category, four gold medal Ports and three wines in the Top 10.
This year’s Cape Port Producers’ Association (CAPPA) “Port and 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” – 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 seven 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, intense pigeage and barrel maturation in combination of different barrique -the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 accentuates the varietals black plum, bramble, 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 third fill French barrique and with a modest 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 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 , give us a call on 044 213 3326, send us a mail at www.boplaas.co.za or email@example.com , alternatively stop by our cellar door in Calitzdorp and come and taste our wines. firstname.lastname@example.org
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