Boplaas Family Vineyards has excelled at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, claiming the trophy for Best SA Port. The victory announced on June 30 is historic, coming on the 20th anniversary of this esteemed competition but also during the wine industry’s most challenging periods in recent history.

“We are delighted about this good news,” says Carel Nel, Boplaas owner and cellarmaster. “The pandemic has been devastating for many industries including ours, and the Calitzdorp region that is our home is still very much in the grips of a prolonged drought. The recognition for our port and the light it casts on the hard work of many people over generations who have been involved in its making, is very welcome.”

The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2017 scored 96 out of 100 points. The same wine was named SA Champion Port at the SA Young Wine Show in 2017 and was singled out by the Platter’s South African wine guide for five stars and the title of Port of the Year.

The 2017 vintage is yet another ambassador for the Nel family’s legacy of crafting the very finest Cape fortifieds utilising Portuguese varieties. They include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, Souzão and Touriga Franca. The farm employs traditional vinification with dedication to style in creating wine that will offer decades of enjoyment. The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve was produced from Portuguese varieties on old vines at the farm in Calitzdorp, along with small parcels of top-grade fruit from vineyards that supply Boplaas. Grapes were hand-harvested at optimal ripeness and fermented in lagars, the Portuguese name for open-top tanks. Intense manual pigeage was employed to extract optimal flavour, colour and tannin prior to fortification. 

Portuguese grapes thrive in the Calitzdorp region because they are hardier and well-adapted to warmer climates.  It is anticipated that they’ll play a bigger role as global warming intensifies. The suitability of the Calitzdorp region for the Portuguese varieties, however, was realised quite by chance and a fortunate accident or two.

Boplaas ports, wines and spirits may be purchased online via www.boplaas.co.za. Orders will be fulfilled once current lockdown regulations allow.

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