I always thought the BBC was British Broadcasting at its best—or worst—but in the winelands it has another meaning—BBC here stands for the Blaauwklippen Blending Competition , one of the longest running in this neck of the woods.
Words by Greg Landman
Wine fundis and clubs all over the country—and even some overseas aficionados– try their hands every year to blend some fabulous wines for the Blaauwklippen people, using criteria laid down by the cellar.
The winning blend always uses some Zinfandel for which the estate is known but there are other elements. For more than 30 years, completion has been fierce to win the title of best blend and this year was no different.
The expert judges, among them some serious wine experts like Mark Norrish of Ultra Liquors and others, said this year things were particularly close. The winning blend was made by newcomers – a double accolade—Kelderhof Winos from Somerset West. Their blend was made up of 8% Zinfandel, 15% Cab Franc, 30% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 40% Shiraz, a magnificent wine that MD Rolf Zeitvogel called “worthy to carry the Blaauwklippen name.”
The wine, called Cabriolet, will be—also for the first time—sold as the flagship red blend from the cellar at R 112 a bottle and in magnums at R230.
Having tasted the wine I can only agree that it is superb—a great red blend for knocking back whenever the urge gets you.