After a marathon tasting of 101 blends, the four finalists for the 30th Annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition are, in alphabetical order:
- Natalia Wine Society from Durban in Natal
- Oude Molen Wynkring from Potchefstroom in the North-West Province
- Web Wine Society from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape
- Winemag.co.za Wine Club from the Western Cape
These four clubs will have to wait until Friday 13 September when the winner will be announced at an exclusive lunch at Blaauwklippen for media and invited guests.
The winning blend will be bottled under the Blaauwklippen Barouche label and recognition will be given to the successful wine club on the back label. The label for the winning blend is based on a specially designed artwork by well-known Stellenbosch artist Frans Groenewald. The wine is sold in Magnum bottles from selected retail outlets, and from the tasting centre on the farm.
The winning club and three finalists also win other great prizes, including wine, return airfares and accommodation for the weekend of the prize giving and glassware from Vitria.
For 2013, entrants received a selection of four barrel matured wines: Merlot 2012, Malbec 2011, Cabernet Franc 2011 and Shiraz 2010. All four these wines had to be used in creating the submitted blend and the Shiraz component had to be limited to a maximum of 20% of the total blend. The challenge to the clubs wasto produce a complex, serious dry red blend with subtle tannin structure and good balance – a wine with finesse and freshness which can be enjoyed soon, but alsoallows potential for cellaring.
Cellar master, Rolf Zeitvogel’s panel of judges this year consisted of Albert Basson (Blaauwklippen assistant winemaker), Clive Torr (Cape Wine Master and winemaker), Samarie Smith (wine judge and journalist) Jonathan Snashall (journalist) and Elona Hesseling (wine judge and journalist).
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