28 September 2013
Cape Blend 2013 Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Perold Absa Cape Blend Competition:
Anura LB 'Cape Cuvée' 2012
Clos Malverne 'Spirit of Malverne' 2011
KWV 'Abraham Perold Tributum' 2011
Sumaridge 'Epitome' 2009
Viljoensdrift 'River Grandeur Cape Blend' 2011
This year, exceptionally, five winners were chosen instead of the usual three. The winning winemakers will enjoy a foreign trip as their prize.
KWV Abraham Perold Tributum also won last year, the only wine to win the competition twice. Anura will be double celebrating because their varietal Pinotage was a Top 10 winner this year.
45 wines from 35 producers were entered.
The make-up of the winning blends are as follows
Anura: Pinotage (34%), Merlot (17%), Shiraz (17%), Cabernet Franc (17%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%)
Clos Malvern: Pinotage (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (33%), Shiraz (17%)
KWV: Pinotage (30%), Shiraz (40%), Cabernet Franc (15%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15% )
Sumaridge: Shiraz (54%),Pinotage (46%)
Viljoensdrift: Pinotage (30%), Merlot (44%), Shiraz (24%), Cabernet Sauvignon (2%).
Interesting to see that Shiraz is a component in every winner. Shiraz seems to complement Pinotage. I recall Warwick Estate added Shiraz to their Three Cape Ladies blend years ago, and I remember Guy Webster of Stellenzicht telling me his 50/50 Pinotage/Shiraz blend being the best wine he'd made.