Are you an aspirational wine blending champion? The time has come for wine clubs to once again battle it out in the 36th annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition.
The winning blend will be sold under the BBC label in a Magnum (1.5 litre) bottle, and the winning team will be recognised on the wine bottle label – a great honour! All the blends of the individual wine clubs/societies will compete against each other, and the top four scores of all entries will determine the semi-finalists. The four semi-finalists will then be invited to Blaauwklippen, where the winner will be announced at an award ceremony attended by selected guests and media.
On that note, we would once again like to congratulate Hartbeespoort Vèlo et Vin on winning the celebratory 2018 Blending Competition.
Registration opens: 01 Apr 2019
Registration & registration fee is due by: 30 Apr 2019
Hampers sent to you / ready for collection in the week of: 16 May 2019
Recipes to reach Blaauwklippen by latest: 30 Jun 2019
Semi-final & Final tastings at Blaauwklippen: 25 Jul 2019
Award ceremony announcing the winner at Blaauwklippen: 13 Sep 2019
Blend brief: For this year’s competition, the challenge is to blend an accessible wine with layers of fruit on the nose and pallet. Blenders will receive 4 base wines and all 4 must be used in the final blend.
For your blending purposes, we will be sending you a hamper containing a 750ml bottle of each of these 4 wines, along with a plastic measuring cylinder and the recipe rules. Recipes need to be returned to us (via our website!) by latest Sunday 30 June 2019.
Base wines to be used: Zinfandel 2018 | Merlot 2018 | Shiraz 2018 | Petit Verdot 2018 | No more than 50% of each component and a minimum of 5% of each component needs to be used. Please note that each club may only enter/register ONCE. You may however order more than one hamper per club to ensure your best blend.