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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bokke Wines Portfolio Tasting

11. The Date and Time: Thursday, November 24, 2011   5 PM to 9 PM

The Event: Bokke Wines Portfolio Tasting

The Venue: Spence Gallery

The Target Audience: media, private clients

The Availability/Catalogue: most of the wines are not available at the LCBO but must be privately ordered.

The Quote/Background: There was also a chance to view the collections of the gallery, to taste Village Press olive oils (from New Zealand), and some cheeses from Leslieville cheeses. Bokke specializes in South African wines but also represents wines from other regions.

The Wines: About 19 wines were presented.


**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Nativo White 2010 Swartland, $24.60 retail (chenin and viognier)

-Lammershoek Syrah 2006 Swartland, $34.50

-Vilijoensdrift Serenity 2005 [Meritage], $23.95 at Vintages.

-Cape Dreams Sauvignon Blanc 2010, $14.25


***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Nativo Red 2008 Swartland, $26.55 (5 red grapes plus viognier)

-Lammershoek Rose 2010, $19.75  (dry syrah)

-Lammershoek Roulette Blanc 2008, $16.95 Vintages (mostly chenin)

-Lammershoek Roulette Rouge 2006, $23.75 Vintages (Rhone style blend)

-Lammershoek Pinadoux 2005, $21 375 mL (dessert, pinotage)

-Cape Dreams Pinotage 2009, $16.95

-Rimu Grove Pinot Noir 2007 Nelson, $38.40

-Rimu Grove Pinot Gris 2010 Nelson, $33.50

-Domiciano Malbec 2009 Mendoza, $16.95

-Chesini Amarone Vint??, $72.32


*** GOOD -- Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Rimu Grove Bronte Pinot Noir 2009 Nelson, $28.40

-Rimu Grove Chardonnay 2010 Nelson, $33.40

-Mad Housewife Merlot NV California, $14.25


The Food: smoked cheddar, Beemster vlaskaas cheese, Stilton, Bresse, Douanier from Quebec, breads, fruit, grapes, olives, biscuits.

The Downside: I was looking forward to some sausages made with Lammershoek Pinadoux, but, alas, they were not available.

The Upside: there was some fine Biltong dried meat.

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 92.

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