Thursday, June 05, 2014

Port Producers Awards at Muratie

Any Port in this storm?
Yes there was at the 3rd Annual Port  Awards held at Muratie on Tuesday.  We drove there at the start of a big storm and it was lovely to sit near the wood burning stove in the cellar and taste first lots of different wines made from Port varietals and then some beautiful award winning ports.  Everyone was hoping the famous Muratie Lamb shanks would be on the menu and were delighted that they were.  If you want to see the full list of the Cappa Port & Wine Awards  click on this link.  Some of the wines and ports were available during lunch and we particularly enjoyed the Boplaas Portuguese Connection2012 which you will find on sale in Woolworths.  Axehill’s Distinta also was a great food match. Both were in the top 10 table wines.  We got to drink some of Peter Baylys Cape Vintage 2004 port which got a gold medal in the museum class and it was so smooth and full of Christmas fruit.  We are off to the Calitzdorp Port Festival soon and will write up the ports and wines in more detail then.

The Cape Port Producers Association report can be seen here
A line up of winners
Lively discussion as we try the winners and others before lunch
Emil Kanstinger of Anura with Rijk Melck, owner of Muratie
Lunch at the Langtafel in the cellar
Carel Nel of Boplaas opens ceremonies
Taking notes
Cape Wine Master Raymond Noppé of Oldenburg Vineyards gives a report from the judges
Judge Winnie Bowman CWM presents the umpteenth award to winemaker Margaux Nel of Boplaas who received lots of well deserved awards this year
Peter Bayly gets his gold medal for his Museum class Cape Vintage 2004 Port
Lynne with Mike Neebe of Axe Hill with his award for Best in Class for Axe Hill LBV 2009
Margaux received the trophy for Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2011 with her father Carel. Presented by Winnie Bowman and Raymond Noppé
All the winners
Left to right: Carel Nel (Boplaas), Raymond Noppé (Judge), David van Velden (Overgaauw), Morné Vrey (Delaire Graff), Margaux Nel (Boplaas), Louis van der Riet (De Krans), Peter Bayly (Peter Bayly wines), Jaco Theron (Slanghoek), Mike Neebe (Axe Hill) & Ian Sieg (Landzicht GWK)
The Nel father & daughter team with their Trophy
The best lamb shanks in the Cape.  Ever.  Cooked long and slow in a wood fired oven. Served simply with mash and peas and sweetened carrots. You can get these only at Muratie. Phone to check they are on the menu.
Lots of chatting and lots of tasting after lunch
Louisenhof owner/cellarmaster Stefan Smit with a charming luncheon companion
Yvonne and Peter Bayly with their award
Mike Neebe offering his Axe Hill Cape LBV Port for tasting. Delicious
Some of this wine needs to be purchased and its easy to find at Woolworths
Muratie's characterful tasting room.
Winter vines, stormy weather coming in. We just made it to the car
Beautiful colours on the dying vine leaves. Thank you Muratie for a lovely day
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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