Boplaas Port has again been recognised as one of South Africa’s greats having impressed panellists assessing the quality of 10-year-old wines. In an assessment where Boplaas is consistently highlighted, the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011 scored 92 points. It was this event two years ago that Boplaas took the title of Best Overall Wine with its Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009.

The 10-year report that is compiled has as its main aim to investigate how well modern-era South African wines perform as they get older. “One of the most important measures of great wine is that it should be age-worthy, that is it should become more pleasurable and more interesting to drink with time in the bottle,” its preamble states. A total of 78 wines were entered from 40 producers were assessed in their respective categories this year.

The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011 continues the Nel’s heritage of crafting the very finest Cape Port utilizing Portuguese varieties and traditional vinification methods. The focus remains true to style in crafting wine that will offer decades of enjoyment.  The performance of the 2011 not only showcases this, but also re-affirms the age-ability of the Boplaas ports.

Portuguese grape varieties thrive in the Calitzdorp region because they are hardier and well-adapted to warmer climates. It is anticipated that they will play a bigger role as the impact of global warming intensifies. In fact, a potentially landmark vote recently saw Touriga Nacional approved for Bordeaux and Bordeaux appellation wines as part of effort by the industry in France to adjust to climate change.

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