One of my favorite winter values at $8; super easy drinking yet loaded with smoky spice and dense fruit.
Estate: The Boekenhoutskloof estate was established in 1776 and is located in the corner of the Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa. Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree with its name meaning “ravine of the Boekenhout”. In 1993 new owners [a group of businessmen including wine distributer Vinimark owner Tim Rands] set about transforming the 20 hectares of vineyards with sustainable methods, along with new cellars and equipment. With over 9,600 plant species, the estate lies within a world heritage site that contains one of most diverse plant kingdoms in the world. Due to the unique habitat, the estate focuses on restoration and preservation of the land, and actively participates in biodiversity and conservation initiatives. ‘The Wolftrap’ line [there is also a Rosè and white blend] was “created to remind us of the mysteries and legends of days gone by. The mountains are still alive with indigenous animals, including the majestic leopard. No evidence of wolves has ever been found though”.
Winemaking: The estate is certified sustainable. The grapes were sourced from low yielding vineyards in the Swartland, fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak before blending and bottling.
Tasting Notes: Inky red-violet in colour with savory, gamey aromas of earth and smoked meat. Dense dark fruit notes are wrapped in dark chocolate and soft tannins. Smoky cedar, black peppercorn, and hints of dense black cherry comprise the plush finish.
82% Syrah, 16% Mourvédre, 2% Viognier
Matured and bottled by Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek
Enjoy now thru 2016