Upcoming Events 2019
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Thursday, October 10th
A Very Special Event @ Faculty Club
Past Events 2017-2019
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Wednesday, September 11th
Creme de la Creme Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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Wednesday, May 22nd
Perfect Pairings for Backyard Sipping & Grilling @ Faculty Club
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Wednesday, April 24th
Special Seafood Dinner @ Lisbon By Night
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Tuesday, February 21st
Dinner Wih Friends and Bistro Reds @ Columbus Centre
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Tuesday, December 7th
Yuletide Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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Tuesday, Oct 23rd
SA Wine & Polish Food @ Izba
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Sunday, Sept 16th
Braai @ Cosman's
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Monday, July 23rd
Anthony Hamilton Russell talks about 4 wine labels @ Faculty Club
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Tuesday, April 24th
Bordeaux-style Cape Blends & Their Siblings @ Faculty Club
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Tuesday, May 15th
Hannibal Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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Monday, March 19th
Kanonkop Paul Sauer Dinner @ The Monkey Bar
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Wednesday, February 21st
The Shiraz Challenge (SAF vs AUS) @ Faculty Club
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Tuesday, September 12th
Meerlust Rubicon Vertical Tasting @ Faculty Club
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Wednesday, May 17th
Bargain Wines @ Faculty Club
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Tuesday, April 18th
De Toren Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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Monday, March 20th
Fusion Dinner @ California Roll
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Thursday, February 23rd
War Of The Wines @ Columbus Centre


Welcome to The South African Wine Society (SAWS)

The South African Wine Society, now in its 34th 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.

Upcoming Events

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Thursday, October 10th

A Very Special Event
Faculty Club
Start: 3:30pm
Light Dinner: 5:00pm

Marc Kent is the visionary and driving force behind Boekenhoutskloof where Marc is a partner, Cellar Master and Technical Director / General Manager. In 2015 Marc brought in his friend Gottfried Mocke (a fellow Diners Club laureate .. both voted Diners Club Winemaker of the year) as Chief Winemaker and the quality and innovation at Boekenhoutskloof have continued to rise.. Marc will lead us through our Boekenhoutskloof Classic Estates Tasting, on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 3:30. Following the late afternoon tasting, we will enjoy a light early dinner at the Faculty Club

For the past decade and beyond, Boekenhoutskloof has been ranked within the top ten wineries in South Africa by multiple industry and international experts.The Robert Parker Wine Buyers Guide and the 2009 Wine Report acknowledged Bokenhoutskloof as South Africa’s #1 Wine Producer. Boekenhoutskloof Estate Wines are consistently ranked in Platters as 4.5 and 5* wines.. In fact, their volume brand (approx. 100,000 cases) 2017 The Chocolate Block was awarded a Platters 5* ranking.

Innovation at Boekenhoutskloof has never stopped. In addition to the Estate Range, The Porcupine Ridge range, The Wolftrap range, new projects have included Porseleinberg (5*) in Swartland / Cap Maritime in Hemel-en Aarde and now the Vinologist range, examples of which we will get to taste.

The Featured Wines

Vinologist Sauvignon Blanc 2019
The nose is fresh and clean with aromas of greengage, grapefruit and granadilla and whiffs of apple blossom, lemon grass and ginger. The palate is exceptionally smooth, round and balanced, showing white peach, poached pear, gooseberry and ripe melon. The mid-palate is fleshy, yet elegant and focused, with integrated acidity. Hints of tropical fruit and a gentle citrus tang lingers on the finish.

Vinologist Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
The nose shows an abundance of dark berry aromas with whiffs of blackberry, dark plum, violet, nutmeg and sweet pipe tobacco creating intensity. The palate has flavours of blueberries, blackcurrant, loganberries, black cherries and brambles. The midpalate is brooding, mouthwatering and balanced, with vibrant acidity and integrated tannins. Cocoa powder and baking spices linger on a smooth finish.

Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2018
Vivid purple in appearance and the nose shows abundance of violets and spice. Intense aromas of blackberries, black cherry, ripe plums and brambles. The mid-palate has notes of black pepper, cloves, black cardamom and sweet tobacco. It is balanced and focused, elegant yet juicy, with grippy tannins and integrated acidity. It lingers with hints of dried herbs, black olives, graphite and tar.

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2013
Yellow peaches and cream, an appley freshness, almonds and a pithy minerality. Waxy secondary flavours already add to the complexity. White peach and an enticing viscosity fill a delicate frame with a salty mineral lift.

Boekenhoutskloof Franschoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
A cedary spine covered with dark cherry, waxy crayon earthiness, graphite and enticing fynbos undertones. The palate is packed with blackcurrant and firm ripe tannins suggesting that this wine has at least a decade of ageing potential.

Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Claret like in its profile, the wine exhibits richness, texture and a youthful elegance. Wild berry, cassis with spicy notes abound. The tannins are refined, well integrated and suggest the wine has significant ageing potential.

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2013
Loads of violets, blackcurrant fruit pastilles, white and black pepper adding to the complexity. The purity and depth of fruit, firm velvety tannins and refreshing acidity shows massive aging potential.

Boekenhoutskloof Swartland Syrah 2015
The nose has an abundance of dark berry fruit and violets. Beautiful floral aromas follow through onto the palate with intense spice, liquorice and dark plum. Meaty and Rhône-like in style on the midpalate with integrated acidity and fine, vibrant tannins to balance, offering great ageability. The peppery finish is long with hints of cloves, fennel and aniseed.

The Chocolate Block 2015
The nose is exceptionally intense and complex with red berry fruit juxtaposed against a dark, brooding fruit compote and Swartland violets. The nose exudes aromas of raspberry, mulberry, blackberry, damson, dark chocolate and liquorice with whiffs of cloves, nutmeg and orange rind. The wine has a soft, smooth entry, a rich mid-palate and the abundance of red and black berry fruit on the nose follows through with balanced acidity and cocoa powdery tannins. The Porseleinberg fruit certainly makes an impact to the blend, lending structure and a piercing yet lifted perfume. The wine has a long, lingering finish reminiscent of Swiss dark hazelnut chocolate.

*We will make every effort to accommodate your food allergies or special dietary needs if requested.


Thursday, October 10th
Start: 3:30 pm
Light Dinner: 5:00pm


University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C7
The Spadina streetcar stops at the corner of Willcocks and Spadina.


$100 Members & $115 Guests

This event has a capacity limit. Once reached, members will be advised that no further registrations will be taken.

Closing date: Your booking or cancellation must be received by Monday - Oct 3rd, 2019. You will be contacted if we are unable to accept your booking.

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 sawsinfo@rogers.com
* Visa charges will appear as Bokke Wines

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

If you want information on becoming a member visit our Membership page or you can email
our membership coordinator at SAWS-membership@rogers.com.

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