The Cape Port Producers’ Association (CAPPA) recently held the 2nd CAPPA Challenge 2013 for Cape Port & Portuguese varietal table wines and blends with a minimum 30% Portuguese varietal component.
Traditionally, the Cape has been an enclave for the crafting of Port wines from traditional Portuguese varietals according to the recognized styles, as well as table wines from Portuguese varietals.
An experienced panel of tasters, chaired by Dave Hughes, lauded the quality of the table wines & especially the Cape “Ports” which were comfortably of world class quality. The panel were impressed by the overall strength of the table wines & their exemplary value for the consumer.
As with previous years the Cape Vintage & Cape Tawny categories were the stand-out performers, with the Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintner’s Reserve N/V the overall trophy winner and the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010, the reserve champion.
For the first time in 5 years a Cape Ruby was awarded a gold medal, with the Groot Constantia Cape Ruby 2011 getting gold, while the Slanghoek Cape Ruby came in as runner-up. The “other Cape Port” category - for Cape White, Cape Pink & Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) style wines - also delivered a class winner with the outstanding Peter Bayly Cape LBV 2008.
The strength of the Cape Vintage category was proved by the 5 gold medals awarded in this class, with the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2010 taking top honours and the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009 runner-up. Two gold medals were awarded in the Cape Tawny category to the trophy winning Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve N/V and the Boplaas Cape Tawny 1995 a deserved runner-up.
In the Museum Class – for Cape Port 10 years and older – the judges were very impressed by the quality and “youthfulness” of the wines and four gold medals were achieved in this category. The winner was the Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2003; while the other gold medals went to the De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2002, De Krans Cape Vintage Port 2003 & the Boplaas Cape Tawny 1994.
For the second year running Portuguese varietal table wines & blends containing a minimum 30% of a Portuguese varietal were adjudicated by the panel. This year top honours went to the Axe Hill Machado 2012 a blend of Touriga Nacional and Shiraz from this boutique producer in Calitzdorp. The rest of the Top 10 wines were as follows:
• Malagas Sijnn Touriga Nacional 2011
• De Krans Red Stone Reserve 2006
• Peter Bayly III 2011
• Boplaas Ring of Rocks 2011
• Malaga Sijnn 2010
• De Krans Touriga Nacional 2010
• Boplaas Touriga Nacional 2009
• Boplaas Tinta Chocolat 2012
• Boplaas Portuguese Connection Woolworths 2010
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