It's Battle of the Blends time again, as wine clubs around the country prepare to face off in the annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition (BBC) from Monday 17 March.
This is the 31st time Stellenbosch's Blaauwklippen Vineyards will the stage competition, and this year participating clubs will receive a selection of four unwooded base wines: Malbec 2013, Shiraz 2013, Zinfandel 2013 and Cabernet Franc 2012.
The challenge to club members is to create a consumer-friendly, everyday, easy drinking, juicy, modern red blend – a wine with great balance and freshness which can be enjoyed with or without a meal.
A minimum of three of the four base wines must be used in the final blend, and Cabernet Franc has to be one of the chosen wines, limited to a maximum of 15% of the final product.
The winning blend will be bottled under the Blaauwklippen Barouche label, designed by well-known artist Frans Groenewald, and recognition will be given to the successful wine club on the back label. The winning club and three finalists also win other great prizes, including wine, return airfares to Cape Town and accommodation for the weekend of the prizegiving, as well as glassware from Vitria.
The winner will be announced at Blaauwklippen at a luncheon on Friday 5 September.