Boplaas, Lanzerac also among Michelangelo award winners

Double gold!

Boplaas and Lanzerac, two top wine producers from two completely different wine regions, were also among the gold medal winners at the recent Michelangelo International Wine Awards. Boplaas took home no fewer than seven medals, with Lanzerac bagging three.

Boplaas took Double Gold for its Gamka 2015, a red blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, Touriga Francesa and Shiraz, with three gold medals being awarded to three of its port-style wines – the Cape Vintage Reserve 2013, the Cape Vintage Reserve 2014 and the Boplaas Tawny.

Another CAPPA Top 10-wine, the Boplaas Touriga Nacional 2015, was also awarded a gold medal. The accolade was especially significant to Margaux Nel, co-winemaker with father Carel, because the variety had been the subject of her MSc degree.

Boplaas also walked off with two gold awards for the 20 Year Old Potstill Brandy and the Boplaas Craft Gin.

Boplaas wines and spirits are available nationwide at selected outlets due to the small volume that is produced every year. They are also available for purchase through the Boplaas website,, which provides more information about the Boplaas range of fine wines, fortified wines and brandy.

Boplaas can be contacted on 044 213 3326 or

Lanzerac continued its winning streak and walked off with three awards. The estate was presented a Platinum Award for the Lanzerac Syrah 2015, a Double Gold for the Lanzerac Chardonnay 2016 and a Silver for the Lanzerac Merlot 2015.

Lanzerac’s 2015 Syrah personifies the cooler climate of the Jonkershoek Valley outside Stellenbosch, and Cellar Master Wynand Lategan describes this lighter styled premium red wine – the first from Lanzerac in more than 10 years – as showing aromas of white pepper, coriander, fynbos and red wine poached plums. These aromas follow through to a complex palate of ripe red and black berries with a savoury undertone.

Viticulturist Danie Malherbe describes the Lanzerac Chardonnay 2016 as a spicy fruit-bomb wine with lashings of ginger biscuit aromas overlaying soft cooked apples with caramel and cream. This is indeed a wine jam-packed with flavor. A soft buttery mouthful of tropical fruits such as mangoes, pineapples and bananas, edged wit toasty oak is balanced by good acidity and finishes with a toffee-cream tail.

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