11 September 2015

Cape Blend 2015 Winners

The five winners of 2015 Perold Cape Blend Competition are:-
  • Anura LB Cape Cuvée 2014 (Pinotage, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Idiom Cape Blend 2012 (Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot)
  • KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2013 (Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec)
  • Welbedacht Hat Trick 2007 (Pinotage, Shiraz, Merlot)
  • Wellington Wines La Cave Cape Blend 2013 (Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon)



Beyers Truter, chairman of the SA Pinotage Association who organises the Perold Cape Blend Competition in collaboration with Absa, says the Cape Blend is one of the country's most dynamic and exciting wine categories.

“When the Absa Perold Cape Blend competition was initiated in 2011, the aim was to promote a category that would yield bold, vibrant wines truly representative of South Africa, i.e. with a significant Pinotage component, possessing the kind of complexity, balance and ageability that would make them stand out on a world stage.”

“Apart from the prescribed Pinotage component (30-70%), there are no restrictions on making a Cape Blend, the winemaker's only limitation is his or her imagination. The result is that we see incredible stylistic diversity and creativity in the wines entered – among the finalists there really is a wine to satisfy every palate and preference.”

According to Craig Bond, Chief Executive of Retail and Business Banking at Barclays Africa, Pinotage and the Cape Blend category of wines are truly unique jewels in the crown of the South African wine industry.

“This partnership reflects our long-standing commitment not only to the Pinotage Association, but to the South African wine industry as a whole. Our purpose of helping people achieve their ambitions is centred around innovation and creativity. The Cape Blend winemakers reflect these values with their dynamic and passionate search for wines that have an individual identity. These blends are creatively put together and reflect the best of South African inspiration,” says Bond.

“Our continued involvement with this competition is inspired by our confidence in the new generation of South African winemakers who are working hard to increase the prestige and sophistication of wines produced in South Africa,” added Bond.

According to the rules of the competition, at least 30% of the final blend – but not more than 70% – has to be Pinotage. A category rapidly growing in popularity, this year’s competition attracted 56 entries from some of the country's leading wine producers. The 2015 race was so closely contested in fact, that 11 finalists were selected instead of the customary 10.

The judges for this year's competition were Neil Ellis (convenor), Kevin Arnold, Andre van Rensburg, Karl Lambour, Christine Rudman and Samantha de Morne-Hughes (associate).

“Apart from the prescribed Pinotage component, there are no restrictions on making a Cape Blend, the winemaker's only limitation is his or her imagination. The result is that we see incredible stylistic diversity and creativity in the wines entered – among the finalists there really is a wine to satisfy every palate and preference.”

According to Craig Bond, Chief Executive of Retail and Business Banking at Barclays Africa, Pinotage and the Cape Blend category of wines are truly unique jewels in the crown of the South African wine industry.

“This partnership reflects our long-standing commitment not only to the Pinotage Association, but to the South African wine industry as a whole. Our purpose of helping people achieve their ambitions is centred around innovation and creativity. The Cape Blend winemakers reflect these values with their dynamic and passionate search for wines that have an individual identity. These blends are creatively put together and reflect the best of South African inspiration,” says Bond.

“Our continued involvement with this competition is inspired by our confidence in the new generation of South African winemakers who are working hard to increase the prestige and sophistication of wines produced in South Africa,” added Bond.

According to the rules of the competition, at least 30% of the final blend – but not more than 70% – has to be Pinotage. A category rapidly growing in popularity, this year’s competition attracted 56 entries from some of the country's leading wine producers. The 2015 race was so closely contested in fact, that 11 finalists were selected instead of the customary 10. 

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