Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2010
Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 is quite simply one of South Africa's finest ports.
SA Champion "Port" Trophy @ SA Young Wine Show
Double Gold medal - Veritas Wine Awards
Double Gold Medal - Michaelangelo Awards
4 1/2 Stars Platter Wine Guide
Top 100 SA Wines
Truly world class "vintage port" from South Africa.
Due to a bilateral agreement between the EU and South Africa this wine is no longer permitted to be marketed as "port" (despite the EU not keeping to their part of the agreement!). It is however made from Portuguese varietals using traditional Portuguese methods and aged in Portuguese oak - just in South Africa not in Portugal!
Text from Boplaas below:
Wine of Origin: Western Cape
Cultivars: 80% Touriga Nacional, 18% Tinta Barocca, 2% Souzão
Residual Sugar: 91.3 g/l
Total Acid: 5.6 g/l
Alcohol (%): 18.79 %
Maturation Potential: 30 years
Wood Aging: 24 months in Oak Barrels
Harvest the grapes at 26ºB with a yield of 5 ton/ha. Young Touriga Nacional Vines and Old Tinta Barocca Vines planted in ’68.
Notes from the winemaker:
Best way to make world class ports is to learn form the best. That is why we learn from the best of Portugal and taste there ports frequently, from the old ports to the new styles as well. The other things is know your vineyards and use the best Portuguese varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca and Souzão that are suited for SA climate and soils.
The 2010 growing season was very dry and hot, perfect for Cape Vintage Port. The port is concentrated and viscous, dense dark fruit, with cassis and chocolate nuances on the palate. Flavours of cherries, plum, blackberries, and violets on the nose. Peppery and grip from firm yet ripe tannins with integrated spirit and a long and luscious aftertaste. Delicious now and have the potential to age and will gain additional complexity for years to come.
This massively complex wine should be accompanied by a fine selection of cheeses, cured meats, nuts and dried fruits, and fine coffee and cigars. However, it can be paired with hearty traditional fare such as Karoo lamb pottjies, Springbok pie, Eland fillet and coq au vin substituting the chicken with Guinea fowl or Cape Francolin and using Touriga Naçional as the vin!
|Location||Calitzdorp, South Africa|
|Winery status||Small family winery|
|Grapes||80% Touriga Nacional, 18% Tinta Barocca, 2% Souzão|
|Product awards||SA Champion "Port" Trophy @ SA Young Wine Show Double Gold medal - Veritas Wine Awards, Double Gold Medal - Michaelangelo Awards, 4 1/2 Stars Platter Wine Guide, Top 100 SA Wines|
|Style||Sweet, dark fruit|
|Sulphite level||Medium Low|