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Posted by portugalpress on January 23, 2018
Bill Godley of Prime Wine introducing KWV wines
(from left) Patricia Bourcelot, Bill Godley, David Hart and AWS President Gaynor Stapleton
AWS vice-president Steve Rigby and Bill Godley of Prime Wine
A selection of KWV wines available in the Algarve

Stepping aside from the Iberian producers that are the mainstay of the Algarve Wine Society’s programme, on Tuesday January 16, members savoured something different: a varied tasting from South Africa organised by Algarve Wine Society vice-president Steve Rigby.

The evening’s highlighted brand was the sizeable Western Cape producer KWV, founded as a co-operative in 1918 but now a private company with many accolades to its name.

Eleven KWV wines were presented by Bill Godley of Prime Wine, an importer popular with those craving French rosé or NZ Sauvignon Blanc, but for this special evening supplying a comprehensive range of South African wine for AWS members to appreciate.

The evening began with a sparkling Laborie Blanc de Blancs and moved to a pre-dinner tasting covering two examples each of the unique South African grape varieties Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, together with two full-bodied blends, KWV Roodeberg and the classic Bordeaux-style KWV The Mentors Orchestra.

This selection was just the prelude to a delicious four-course meal produced by the Holiday Inn in Armação de Pêra, featuring monkfish with clams followed by duck with Madeira and orange sauce. To accompany the meal, members showed dedication to increasing their knowledge of KWV’s range by sampling the single varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

The evening was rounded off by the rather daring inclusion of a Tawny dessert wine before coffee and an opportunity to make some purchases.

For many, there remained only the need to find their way back upstairs for a sound night’s sleep at the Holiday Inn.

The AWS will next meet for its AGM on February 27 at Hotel Pestana Vila Sol. |



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