Boplaas Family Vineyards achieved a rare hattrick  when its Port was named South African Champion at the 2017 SA Young Wine Show for the third consecutive year.  Presented this year for the 185th time, the competition is the oldest of its kind and gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase the best wines of the current vintage. “Wines are singled out by the judging panel for their potential prior to public release, which is why we’re very excited about the 2017 vintage of our Port having done well again,” says Boplaas owner Carel Nel. “Just as our other champions over the years, the 2015 and 2016 went on to win numerous awards in diverse competitions.”

Excluding the performance of its still wines, Boplaas has now been named SA Champion for Port no less than ten times and includes the very first Port it made in 1986. Achieving this consistency of excellence requires meticulous attention to detail. “The making of a fine Port begins in the vineyard, which is why fruit quality is so important,” says Boplaas winemaker Margaux Nel. “During harvest, the grapes are deposited and pressed in traditional open tanks, or lagares as they’re known in Portugal, to ensure maximum extraction of flavour and colour. Then, after vinification, the wine is blended with fine brandy and matured in old Portuguese vats for 18 months.”  The process is never automatic or static. In fact, the Nel’s regularly visit Portugal to stay in touch with the latest innovations in the field.

These days, Boplaas has set its sights on exploring the potential of the Portuguese varieties, traditionally used in its fortified wines, to produce fine table wines. To this end, it has planted Verdelho and re-established sites of Souzã, Tinta Barocca and Touriga Naçional, while all the while scouring the Cape for old vine sites to supplement its own fruit.

Boplaas can be contacted on +27 (0)44 213 3326 or email:

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