Boplaas Superstar at Veritas: 5 Double Gold plus 6 Gold

Tuesday, 8 October, 2013
Boplaas Family Vineyards
Boplaas Family Vineyards nestled in the sleepy Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp, clinched 5 double gold medals at Veritas wine awards. 1 double gold medal was for brandy & another 6 gold medals to cap off another stellar performance. This impressive haul ensured that Boplaas Family Vineyards was the best performing private cellar at the awards.

The 23rd annual Veritas wine awards ceremony held this past weekend, will be remembered by Boplaas Family Vineyards for quite a while; as this family run cellar nestled in the quite Klein Karoo hamlet of Calitzdorp & famed for its fine Cape fortifieds won an unprecedented five double gold medals and six gold medals for the wines & brandy entered. The Boplaas 15 Year Reserve brandy clinched one of only seven double gold medals awarded to brandies. Double gold was awarded to the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009, Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2010, Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintner’s Reserve N/V and the Cool Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013. Veritas is the longest running and largest blind-tasted bottled wine competition in South Africa.


The dedicated pursuit of crafting the finest Cape fortifieds from Portuguese varietals according to traditional methods was handsomely rewarded with double gold medals for the Boplaas Cape Vintner’s Reserve N/V (375m?), Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009 and Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010. The Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintner’s Reserve 1994 and Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1995 - aged in barrel for 18 and 17 years respectively – were awarded gold medals, as to the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2011. Boplaas’s fine Cape fortifieds accounted for three of the five double gold and three of the six gold medals awarded to Cape “Ports” at Veritas 2013, firmly fortifying its position as a leading producer of Cape Ports.

Unbeknownst to most, Sauvignon Blanc is one of Carel Nel’s great passions and the double gold medal for the Cool Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and gold for the maiden release of Boplaas Bobbejaanberg Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 are reward for his efforts over the last two decades. The Cool Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 was one of only 8 double gold medals awarded; while the gold medal achieved by the maiden release Bobbejaanberg is a first for a wine originating from the Upper-Langkloof ward. The Cool Bay Reserve originates from prime maritime vines, while the Bobbejaanberg originates from a site in the Outeniqua range at an elevation in excess of 600m. Both these terroir specific wines were crafted in limited quantities from the cellar door.


Muscadel has been crafted by the Nel’s of Boplaas since the mid-1800’s and to celebrate this heritage, limited release bottlings of Muscat de Frontignan crafted according to traditional methods from exceptional vineyards and destined for extended cellaring have been launched under the Boplaas Heritage Collection. The two Veritas gold medals claimed by the maiden releases of the Boplaas Heritage White Muscadel are a great reward. The gold winning Boplaas Heritage White Muscadel 2011 originates from old vines grown along the Breede River in Goudini; while the Boplaas Heritage White Muscadel 2012 was crafted from a gnarled old block planted by Oupa Danie Nel in 1979. Total production amounts to a mere 3300 bottles of each of these fine Muscats.

To top off the incredible all round performance, a double gold medal was claimed by the Boplaas 15 Year Reserve Brandy – one of only 7 awarded; while the Boplaas 8 Year Reserve Brandy was awarded a silver medal. Both these fine hand-crafted small batch brandies are available from the cellar door & a select few retailers nationwide. Boplaas has a rich brandy heritage dating back to 1880 when great grand father of Carel Nel exported brandy in barrels to London.

These luminary wines are available for the Boplaas cellar door in Calitzdorp, the Cool Bay tasting room in Great Brak along the N2 near Mosselbay and from select fine wine retailers. Experience these Boplaas winning wines at the Veritas tastings to be held in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, P.E. and Knysna – for details visit

For information regarding these and other Boplaas wines visit, give us a call on 044-2133326, send an email to, follow us on @Boplaas1880 on Twitter or come visit us in the Klein Karoo at our cellar door in Calitzdorp.

Boplaas Family Vineyards, Calitzdorp – Tending vines & Crafting wines, since 1880