Boplaas scoops double Gran dOr at Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2013

Tuesday, 10 September, 2013
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Boplaas Family Vineyards were awarded two Gran d’Ors for the Boplaas Cape Tawny Vinters Reserve N/V and the limited release ultra premium Boplaas Gamka 2012. This fantastic result was capped off with two gold medals & three silver medals at the 17th annual Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2013.

The 17th annual Michelangelo International Wine Awards garnered a total of 1415 entries which were judged blind by an expert panel consisting of 16 international wine judges, who awarded a total of 481 medals -including only 3 Platinum, 57 Gran d’Ors & 198 gold medals. Boplaas Family Vineyards received two Gran d’Ors, two gold medals and three silver medals.

Boplaas Family Vineyards has built up an enviable reputation for the crafting of fine Cape fortifieds according to traditional methods and utilizing Portuguese varietals. The Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve N/V a blend of fine barrel-aged Tawnies crafted from Tinta Barocca won a Gran d’Or or double gold medal – adding to it being crowned top “Port” at this year’s CAPPA Port Challenge 2013. The Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1997 won a gold, adding to its 5 Star rating in Platter’s, a double gold Veritas 2011 & an inclusion into the SA “Top 100” wines awards 2012. Two silver medals were awarded to the Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V and the Boplaas Cape Vintage “The Chocolate” Port 2011. The Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V has also been included into the Good Value Guide 2014.

Silver went to the Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2012 -which adds to its Top 10 gold medal at this year’s CAPPA Challenge 2013– crafted from old vine Tinta Barocca to highlight this varietals inherent cocoa flavour profile. The immensely popular Boplaas Merlot 2011 clinched a gold medal, adding to its Good Value Award 2013, and is a real feather in the cap of Boplaas’s vineyard and cellar team.

The soon to be launched ultra premium Boplaas Gamka 2012 clinched one of the 58 Gran d’Or medals. Named after the Gamka River, meaning “lion” in the Khoikoi language, this maiden release of cellar master Carel Nel’s ultra premium blend of Shiraz and Touriga Nacional is crafted according to traditional methods, matured in new French oak barrels, will only be released in exceptional years and in small volumes.

All the Michelangelo International Wine Awards winners are available for purchase from Boplaas’s cellar door in Calitzdorp & at the Cool Bay tasting room in Klein Brak River along the N2 near Mossel Bay; while the Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V, Boplaas Cape Vintage “The Chocolate” Port and Boplaas Merlot are available from leading retailers nationwide.

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