published on: Thursday, 14 June 2012
The inaugural Cape Port Producers' Association Port and Wine Challenge 2012, delivered a few surprise especially in the wine category, but overall another stellar performance was achieved by the dedicated producer's of Cape Port-styled wines with the judges again enthusing about the sheer quality offered by this category.
With the changing of legislation which came into effect on 1 January 2012 and the current interest in alternative varietals, the Cape Port Producers’ Association (CAPPA) - formerly known as the South African Port Producers’ Association (SAPPA) - have not only continued to host an annual Port competition for its members, but have for the first time incorporated table wines - containing a minimum of 30% Portuguese varietals - in the competition.
As in previous years, Dave Hughes (South Africa’s preeminent international wine judge and honorary Cape Wine Master (CWM)) chaired the panel with Christine Rudman (CWM), Cathy van Zyl (MW), Meryl Weaver (CWM) and Colin Frith (CWM) at the tasting in Nederburg, Paarl. Each of the categories – namely, Cape Ruby, Cape Tawny, Cape Vintage, Other (including all Late-bottled Vintage (LBV), Cape Pink and Cape White) and a Museum Class, were tasted with class winners, gold medal winners and an eventual Show Winner being chosen. For the first time, table wines – single varietal or blended wines containing a minimum of 30% of a Portuguese varietal(s) - were included in the tasting to determine a “TOP 10”.
This year, the KWV Classic Cape Tawny N/V was crowned the overall “Best in Show” with the highest score and this Cape Tawny also won the Tawny category; while the De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2009 took top honours in the Cape Vintage category.
The only other gold medal in the Tawny category was awarded to the Boplaas Cape Tawny Show Reserve. The Cape Vintage category, one of the most hotly contested categories, produced seven golds with the: De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2008, Calitzdorp Cape Vintage 2009, Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2010, Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2007, Bergsig 2001 and the Axe Hill Cape Vintage 2009. The Museum Class’s top honours – Cape Ports older than 10 years – were shared between the De Krans Cape Vintage 2002 and the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2001. The ever reliable Boplaas Cape Ruby N/V took top honours in the Cape Ruby category.
The inaugural CAPPA "Top 10" wines, from the 21 wines entered - are as follows:
1. Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2011 (Tinta Barocca)
2. Overgaauw Touriga Nacional/Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
3. Boplaas Tinta Barocca 2009
4. Allesverloren Tinta Barocca 2009
5. De Krans Tinta Mocha 2011 (Tinta Barocca)
6. Vergenoegd Runner Duck Red 2009
7. Allesverloren Touriga Nacional 2009
8. Axe Hill Mochado 2011
9. Calitzdorp Touriga Nacional 2010
10. Woolworths’ Boplaas Portuguese Connection 2011
Consumers will be able to distinguish this year’s CAPPA winners by the unique gold sticker which will adorn the winning wines and with confidence purchase and enjoy these outstanding South African wines.
The panel of judges were extremely pleased by the diversity of the wines entered, the outstanding quality offered by these wines and that both the Cape Ports and wines produced from Portuguese varietals are of a world class standard.
For more information about CAPPA, the various styles of Cape Port and the award winners, feel free to contact Carel Nel (firstname.lastname@example.org).