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Riverboat Wine Voyages: Session 7, South Africa

Description

Join us as on a journey to discover some of the most prolific wine regions of the world!

Taste up to 50 wines of vastly different styles and origins spread over 10 sessions, and gain valuable knowledge and insights into the art of wine appreciation. Whether you're a seasoned wine drinker or a novice who can't tell between tannins and terroir, you're sure to enjoy this lighthearted gathering where you can make new friends and have a grape time together on board!

4 Aug 2016 - South Africa

Sail through the Indian Ocean, into the South Atlantic, and arrive at Cape Town along the Southwest coast of the African continent. Relatively unfamiliar to the Singapore market, South Africa is a source of great quality wines that combine the elegance of the old world with the approachability of the new.

Beginning with the whites, taste a typical South African Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, and see how they measure up against their famous French counterparts from regions such as Loire Valley and Burgundy. The Winery of Good Hope has plantings in Stellenbosch, Elgin and Robertson districts, while the Serengati range of wines by Swartland Winery comes from the much more rugged district of Swartland which is known for its untrellised bush vines with deep roots.

Winery of Good Hope Chenin Blanc 2013
Serengati Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Our next stopover is at Groot Constantia, one of South Africa's oldest wine estates that is well known for its sweet fortified Vin de Constance. However, priced at over $150 a bottle in Singapore, we won't have the opportunity to taste this high-alcohol marvel this time, but will instead try a beautiful salmon-coloured Blanc de Noir from the same winery.

Groot Constantia Blanc de Noir 2013

Moving on to the reds, we begin with a crowd-pleasing Pinotage-Shiraz blend from a large scale winery that sources its grapes from various growers situated all over the Western Cape geographical unit. (Note: Wine has been changed from earlier choice of Merlot-RubyCabernet)

And finally, our last stop will be at one of the oldest and most respected winegrowing districts of South Africa, the Stellenbosch District just east of Cape Town. Here, we will be trying a Pinotage from Kanonkop Winery, a grape that is unique to Africa, created almost a century ago in Stellenbosch University by crossing Pinot Noir with Cinsaut. Though not the most widely planted red of the country, this varietal is indeed a worthy trademark of African wines, and definitely worth a try!

Kumala Pinotage-Shiraz 2014
Kanonkop Pinotage 2013

Congratulations, after this tasting session, you would probably know more about South African wines than 95% of Singaporeans, and be bold enough to select a bottle to share with your friends the next time you dine out! And as the locals say, "Gesondheid!"

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Thu Aug 4, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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Venue
Stewords Riverboat
Tickets
Standard Ticket (4 August, South Africa) $15.00
Venue Address
31 Marina Coastal Drive, Berth 1 Marina South Pier, Singapore 018988 Singapore
Directions
Parking available at Marina South Pier or the neighbouring Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Walking distance from Marina South Pier MRT, Exit B.
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Stewords Riverboat
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