The Cape of Good Blends… It’s that time of year again

Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition still going strong 21 years on
July 10, 2017
Absa Top 10 Pinotage 2017 – The Best of the Best
August 3, 2017

The Cape of Good Blends… It’s that time of year again

The 2017 Absa Perold Cape Blend Competition will be the seventh edition of the event convened by the Pinotage Association that focuses solely on special red blends unique insofar as Pinotage being their core component. Introduced in 2011 to showcase masterful expressions of various styles pioneered in South Africa, the competition has grown in stature and the trophies presented for the Top 5 wines are among the most coveted in the industry.

The closing date for entries is 31 July, the main entry criterion being that the blends must be Pinotage-driven – submissions must comprise a minimum of 30% Pinotage and/but not more than 70% of the variety. Apart from the prescribed Pinotage component, there are no other stipulations or restrictions – this year there will even be a class for wines made in the Rosé style.

According to Beyers Truter, chair of the Pinotage Association: “It’s encouraging to see how winemakers have embraced this challenge by creating unique wines that involve a vast array of styles and techniques.” He adds that the versatility of Pinotage, combined with the increased availability of the different red varietal partners and innovative winemaking has contributed to the growing interest in this “dynamic and exciting” category of wines.

“When the Absa Perold Cape Blend Competition was launched in 2011 as an initiative of the Pinotage Association in collaboration with Absa Bank,” says Truter, “the aim was to promote bold, vibrant wines truly representative of South Africa, wines with a significant Pinotage component that possess the kind of complexity, balance and maturation potential that will stand out on the world stage.”

Chair of the judges for the 2017 Absa Perold Cape Blend Competition is Jacques Roux, marketing director of DGB , with considerably experience when it comes to the assessment of wine quality and interest value. “This is always a challenging event for the panel,” he says. “The winemakers have a blank canvas on which to portray their art and the entrants usually make good use of their finest wines in producing immaculate blends that range from succulent Rhône styles with Burgundy influences to combinations that exhibit muscular and classical Bordeaux approaches.”

Johan Schwartz, Marketing Manager of the Pinotage Association, adds that Cape Blends have also advanced in attracting more attention on international markets over the past few years. “Recognized winemaking styles are expanded on with a uniquely South African ingredient to produce exciting experiences for wine lovers internationally, and this has encouraged numerous wine producers to position Cape Blends as their flagships, the diamonds in their portfolios. These wines,” says Schwartz, “have the potential to become key catalysts as regards ground-breaking efforts in both established and new markets for South African wine around the globe.”

To enter visit –



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

16 − 14 =