Welcome to The South African Wine Society (SAWS)
The South African Wine Society, now in its 20th year, is a non-profit wine tasting club focused on promoting knowledge about and access to South African wines in Canada. This is achieved by hosting informative wine tastings, relaxed social; dinners and providing members with an opportunity to savour wines which are readily available, as well as vintage collections from our carefully stocked cellar.
Why not join the Society and embark on a journey discovering the wines and foods of remarkable South Africa and its leading wine producing regions? Learn about our Wine Cellar – a hidden member benefit.
Lammershoek Farms & Winery is situated in the Paardeberg (Horse Mountain) in the Swartland (Black Land), about an hour northwest of Cape Town.
The Swartland region is famous for its old, bushvine chenin blanc and the vineyards at Lammershoek are no exception. There are 21 different chenin sites that vary in age from 31-47 years. Chenin blanc forms the backbone of all but one of the white wines produced at Lammershoek.
Craig Hawkins joined as winemaker and viticulturalist at Lammershoek towards the end of 2009 when the decision was made to convert fully to organic farming. The winemaking style of Lammershoek wines changed at this point. The Swartland used to be known for making rich, full-bodied, high alcohol white wines but the new guard, led by Craig, are focussing on minimal intervention in the cellar and restraint and elegance in their wine. This chenin blanc tasting will be a fascinating mix of the old and new styles: 2004 – 2008 showcase the older Swartland style, 2009 is a mix between old and new, and 2010 – 2012 will show the first three vintages that were made by Craig at Lammershoek in the new minimalist style.
The tasting will be hosted by Carla Kretzel, Craig’s partner and daughter of Paul and Anna Kretzel who have part-owned and managed Lammershoek since 1995. Carla is a qualified winemaker and in charge of the sales and marketing at Lammershoek Farms & Winery.
A tasting plate will accompany the wines.
*We will make every effort to accommodate your food allergies or special dietary needs if requested.
Your cheque payable to South African Wine Society or Visa credit card information will reserve your place. If we have your credit card information on file, you may book by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
* Visa charges will appear as Pushka Holdings.
To find more information about the event, including registration, follow this link.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Note: As a courtesy to other members, please refrain from wearing any scented products, including perfumes, colognes, after shaves or hand lotions.
To find out more information on our events you can contact us by email at: SAWSinfo@rogers.com