Boplaas Family Vineyards received five gold medals at this year’s Veritas Awards, placing the Calitzdorp winery and distillery among the national competition’s best-performing producers. Boplaas received Gold for its Gamka Branca Family Reserve 2018, 8 Year Potstill Brandy, and three vintages of Cape Vintage Reserve Port – 2017, 2015 and 2006. Silver medals were also awarded to the Boplaas Touriga Nacional 2018 and Ring of Rocks 2017.

The Boplaas Gamka Branca Family Reserve 2018  The wine is a blend and includes the Portuguese variety, Verdelho – a recent addition to the Boplaas plantings, but one with a bright future. To this, was added cool climate Chardonnay and also Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Chenin blanc and Rousanne.  The wine was fermented in barrel and matured, realising aromas of citrus blossom, tangerine and lime marmalade, toasted oats, ripe pear, mild tannic grippiness and long saline finish.

The word “Gamka” in its name is inspired by the Khoisan word for lion and is a reference to the river that flows through the Calitzdorp Valley. In flood, the waters violently crash through the ravines and sound like the roar of these big cats.

Boplaas 8 Year Potstill Brandy  This spirit was aged in a combination of old Limousin and port casks. The climatic conditions of the Klein Karoo concentrate flavours and created a brandy that brims with the character of ripe stone fruit, honey, herbal and floral notes. Every sip reveals its sublime, smooth mouth-feel and finish.  The brandy was double distilled in a century-old Santagans copper still.

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port  The range of Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Ports continues the Nel family heritage of crafting the very finest Cape fortifieds utilizing Portuguese varieties, traditional vinification and dedication to style, to create wine that will offer decades of enjoyment.  The Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Ports 2017, 2015 and 2006 were produced from the Portuguese varieties Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Souzão and Touriga Franca. The grapes were hand-harvested at perfect ripeness and fermented in large traditional lagarskuipe in Afrikaans. It was submitted to intense pigeage to extract optimal flavour, colour and tannins prior to fortification with wine spirits. The wines were then matured for 12 months in old, large-format French oak barrels. 

The 2006 Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port was entered in the competition’s Museum Class as it truly showcases how well Boplaas port ages.  This wine was the SA Champion Port at the SA National Young Wine Show in 2006. It received five stars in the Platter Wine Guide; five stars in Wine Magazine; was the Cape Port & Wine Challenge Museum Class winner in 2017; and, received 95 points from UK Master of Wine Tim Atkin.  Inky black in colour, the ports show a bouquet of crushed blackberries, tart cranberries and kirsch.  On the palate, the powerful fruit flavours merge with notes of liquorice, red fruits and hints of dark chocolate, and conclude in a dry finish. 

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