Recently we were invited to an event put on by Mark Bruni, the general manager of RKW Wine Imports. He had flown in Marc Kent a winemaker from South Africa for the launch of his Wolftrap White and Wolftrap Red labels at the LCBO.
Mark is the winemaker at B O E K E N H O U T S K L O O F (bow-ken-howts-cloof) already known and loved for its Porcupine Ridge and The Chocolate Block. Bet you can’t say that name fast a few times…actually it works better after a few glasses of his delicious wine. Mark’s talent for winemaking has garnered the only FIVE star rating for a South African winery from the esteemed Robert Parker.
In addition, Boekenhoutskloof was recently awarded “2012 Winery of the Year” by Platter’s South African Wine Guide.
The event took place at Barque Smokehouse and the place was packed. Our table was set for seven and as we quickly introduced ourselves to our charming dinner partners we realised one of our esteemed companions was none other that the super sexy sommelier Zoltan Szabo.
If you don’t already know this, the one thing all wine lovers seem to have in common is their love of sharing…whether it’s a fantastic new find, their passion for pairings, helpful tasting hints or a glass from a great bottle of wine (or maybe two).
Mark’s passion for winemaking and in particular these new wines had us all ready to sample what was being served for the evening. It started light with the Wolftrap Rose. We moved through a couple of whites including the lovely and fresh Wolftrap White served with Salad of warm Fior de Latte and then came the Boekenhoustskloof Semillon served with some white fish…
Well I’ve tasted Semillon before and was not a fan but this one is something to rave about. Since wine tastings are often more about sampling than drinking everything served, I laughed when Zoltan wouldn’t let the server take his glass of the Semillon because he was so impressed by its taste.
Then came the reds…the new release Wolftrap Red was served with a Pulled Duck Taco that everyone enjoyed. The pairings continued (yes I know you’re wondering how do these wine people eat and drink so darn much – well everything comes in small servings – think tapas). The Chocolate Block with the braised short rib may have been my favourite but I have to say everything was delicious – both food and the wines.
Now when you get to spend the night sitting beside an amazing sommelier you make sure you absorb as much of his knowledge as possible. I confessed as an average wine consumer I often pass right by South African wines and go straight to the better known producers – France, Italy, Australia and even California. He made sure to let me know you should never pass by the unfamiliar in favour of the standards because you never know when you’ll find something delicious, and I believe we did. It’s really one of the great things about the wines at the LCBO…you’ll always find the regulars but there’s always something new to try.
If you’d like to try these, here’s what to look for:
The Wolftrap White 2011 LCBO #169409 $12.95
The Wolftrap Red 2011 LCBO #292557 $13.93
Boekenhoutskloop Semillon 2009 $34.95 Only available through RKW Imports Consignment Channel
Try either the red or white this Thanksgiving weekend with your turkey dinner and make sure to enjoy some time outside admiring the beautiful fall colours.