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  Entries now open for 30th Blaauwklippen Blending Competition

01 Mar 2013

Topics: Barouche, Blaauwklippen Blending Competition, Vitria

Entries are now open for the 30th annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition, a unique challenge open to all wine clubs.

No expert wine knowledge is needed, just membership to a wine club, as well as a taste for good wine. Except for the winning trophy, the best newcomer club will also be honoured, to give clubs who have never entered before recognition, and to motivate them to enter.

For 2013, entrants will receive a selection of four barrel-matured wines: Merlot 2012, Malbec 2011, Cabernet Franc 2011 and Shiraz 2010. All the wines must be used in the blend, and the Shiraz is limited to a maximum of 20% of the total blend. At the estate, the cellarmaster will then make up all the entered blends, and a panel of judges select four finalists. The four finalists are invited to an exclusive lunch at Blaauwklippen on Friday 6 September, where the winner will be announced.

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 winning club and three finalists also win other great prizes, including wine, return airfares and accommodation for the weekend of the prizegiving, and glassware from Vitria.

Registration fee is R180 per wine parcel, including the four wines and a plastic measuring cylinder (transport and additional hampers excluded).

Closing date for registration is Friday 19 April 2013, and the personal blend "recipe" from each club must be submitted by 21 June 2013.

For more information contact Natalie on telephone +27 (0)21-880-8646 or

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