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German Wine Club Battles It Out For Winning Blend

Rindchen’s Weinkontor-Team, Hamburg-Uhlenhorst-Germany, outsmarted 93 other wine clubs to be crowned winner of the annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition, one of the oldest wine competitions in South Africa.

This is the first time ever in the history of this competition that an international wine club has won the competition with a first time entry, making this German wine club also winners of the Newcomer trophy!

“This triumph by Rindchen’s Weinkontor-Team, Hamburg-Uhlenhorst-Germany, gives the Blaauwklippen Blending Competition an international flavour,” says Rolf Zeitvogel, MD and cellar master at Blaauwklippen. “It also affirms our status as one of the most popular wine competitions in the country for amateur wine tasters and lovers, and lends prestige to the competition. By competing with international wine clubs, the art of tasting and blending wines is being elevated to a whole new level which is beneficial to everyone.”

Celebrating 32 years of taking the novelty of the blending process to wine clubs all over South Africa, this year a record amount of entries were received with 94 in total (87 clubs entered in 2014), of which 16 were international clubs and 33 were new entries. In the spirit of Blaauwklippen’s 333rd birthday this year, the farm challenged clubs to produce a serious and complex Bordeaux Blend that will stand the test of time, consisting of Cabernet Franc 2014, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Malbec 2013, Merlot 2014 and Petit Verdot 2014.

The winning blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec was announced on 4 September 2015, during a lunch prize giving ceremony at Blaauwklippen Vineyards. 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, the farm’s Tasting Room and online via at R150 per bottle.

The three running-up finalists for this popular competition are Club De Vin from KwaZulu-Natal, Digital Blenders from the Western Cape and Oude Akker Wijn from North West.

Judges for this year’s competition were Rolf Zeitvogel, Albert Basson (Blaauwklippen winemaker), Jonathan Snashall (wine writer and wine judge), Edo Heyns (editor WineLand), Samarie Smith (wine writer and wine judge), Narina Cloete (winemaker and wine judge), as well as Joseph Dhafana (sommelier for La Colombe).

Rindchen’s Weinkontor-Team Hamburg-Uhlenhorst-Germany, as well as the other three finalists also won other prizes, including wine, return airfares and accommodation at the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch for the weekend of the prize giving, as well as glassware from Vitria.

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