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33rd Blaauwklippen Blending Competition Makes History

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German wine club Weinnasen from Rindchen’s Weinkontor Uhlenhorst were crowned winners of the 33rd annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition. They became the first team to win consecutively in their first 2 years and beat 72 clubs to the title, including finalists Business Time from the Western Cape, Howling Wolves from Gauteng, and Loerie Wine Gurglers from Mpumalanga, at the award ceremony held at Blaauwklippen Vineyards.

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On another fantastic day in the Stellnbosch wine lands, guests were welcomed to Blaauwklippen with some delicious Diva MCC, as well as a selection of the tastiest canapés from the Blaauwklippen Bistro. Everyone soon made their way to the delightfully decorated dining table, and greeted by flowery spring themed decorations and got their first glimpse at the colourful label for this year’s winning blend, designed once again by artist Frans Groenewald. Blaauwklippen MD & Cellarmaster, Rolf Zeitvogel, welcomed one and all to what promised to be a very festive occasion, reminding those present of the proud history of Blaauwklippen which they were now a part of simply by attending.

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A sumptuous starter was served, beetroot and orange cured salmon with asparagus spears and foam, sweet lime, tapioca pearls, and grapefruit salad. The starter was paired with newly launched The Pony Express Dry White (Chenin Blanc) and Dry Rosé, the ideal opening pair for this auspicious occasion. Finalists then introduced their wine clubs, and gave insight into the club history and process behind their entries.

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The main course was a decadent dish of oxtail on a parsnip mousse, served with roasted vine tomatoes, rainbow carrots, baby vegetables, and biltong dried onions, perfectly paired with the winning Blending Competition Barouche 2016, giving finalists the chance to speculate on whether or not this was indeed their blend. After mains Rolf announced the Weinnasen wine club as the winners of the 33rd annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition, with Business Time awarded the Best Newcomer title.

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After deserved congratulations and applause, guests were treated to an opulent dessert buffet resplendent with magnificent macarons, chocolate brownies, panna cotta, and strawberry cheesecake. Also on offer were the Blaauwklippen 8 year old potstill brandy and Before & After aperitif, the perfect accompaniment to end off a rather spectacular awards ceremony.

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History is very important at Blaauwklippen Vineyards, it has helped to shape Blaauwklippen into the prestigious estate it is today, and helps guide us forward. The Blaauwklippen Blending Competition, the oldest wine blending of its kind in the country, assists in elevating the knowledge and skills of wine lovers, not only in South Africa, but across the world. We hope you join us for the next one!

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