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Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Event: Wines of South Africa spring release tasting of wines from the Western Cape.

The Date and Time:  Wednesday May 30, 2018  11:30AM to 2PM
The Event: Wines of South Africa spring release tasting of wines from the Western Cape.
The Venue: National Club
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: most wines are landed, some are private orders.
The Quote/Background: Seven Western Cape producers were part of the luncheon. Each gave details about their wines in general and the wine being tasted in particular. Wineries included De Wetshof Estate, DGB, Ken Forrester Wines, MAN Family Wines, Mulderbosch, Rustenberg, and Spier.
The Wines: There were three flights: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon – 14 wines in all.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Mulderbosch 1000 Mile Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $29 private order Abcon
-Ken Forrester Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 Vintages $17.95
-Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2007 N/A  – my FAVE of the tasting
-DGB Bernard Series Chenin Blanc 2016 Vintages $29.95
-De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2017 $19.95 private order Glencairn
-De Wetshof LESCA Chardonnay 2015 $24.95 private order Glencairn
-Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2015 $49 Classics June
-Mulderbosch Fable Syrah 2014 $44 private order Abcon
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-MAN Family Wines Tormentoso Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Vintages $17
-Rustenberg John X Merriman 2014 Vintages $24.95
-Spier Creative Block 3 2015 $29.95 Sylvestre
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Spier Signature Chardonnay 2017 $12.30 Sylvestre
-DGB Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2016 LCBO $15.55
-MAN Family Wines Skaapveld Shiraz 2016 Vintages July $14.95
The Food: breads, salads, chicken breasts, and custards.
The Downside: I had to leave early, to attend a play.
The Upside: a chance to taste some South African wines new to the Ontario market. Plus we were all given a copy of the 2018 Platter Wine Guide.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88.

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