Tinta Barocca made its way to Boplaas by pure chance!
THE Boplaas Cape Ruby Port was once again awarded a trophy for the best Cape Ruby Port in South Africa – this time at the 2017 Cape Port & Wine Challenge.
Boplaas Family Vineyards in Calitzdorp has over time become synonymous with world-class Cape Ports and table wines produced from Portuguese varieties.
The Boplaas Cape Ruby Port is predominately made from the Portuguese variety Tinta Barocca.
• Tinta Barocca made its way to Boplaas by pure chance and a fortunate accident or two!
The Boplaas patriarch, Oupa Danie Nel, returned from a visit to the Swartland in the late 1970’s with his Chevy El Camino packed to the rafters with Pinotage and Shiraz. His friends and neighbours needed no encouragement to make short work of the Shiraz and there and then a decision was made to plant this variety on the farm.
However, it was later partly discovered by his son, current owner and cellar master, Carel Nel, while studying oenology at Stellenbosch University, that his father’s vines were indeed Tinta Barocca and not the intended Shiraz!
A trip to Portugal followed, where the Nels befriended many of the Douro’s top port producers and were exposed to and acquired the art of crafting fine fortifieds. In 1985, the first year Boplaas produced a port made exclusively from Tinta Barocca in the traditional drier Portuguese style, Boplaas won a gold medal at the South African Young Wine Show! The very next year Boplaas won its first SA Champion Port Trophy for the best port in South Africa.
This bright red-purple coloured wine with a crimson tinge at the rim abounds with a bouquet of ripe plum, black hedgerow fruits, kirsch, sweet apricot, subtle spice and hints of fynbos.