Wine Advocate 87 points - The 2013 The Wolftrap red is a Rhone Ranger blend of 67% Syrah, 31% Mourvedre, and 2 % Viognier. This is another outstanding value that comes across like a good French Cotes du Rhone. Peppery and meaty, with delicious red and black cherry notes, it offers up good spice, earth and texture. There is not a hard edge to be found in this wine, which has delicious fruit. Drink it over the next 1-2 years. (Feb 2014)
The Wolftrap is a Rhone-style red blend from
Boekenhoutskloof, one of the most famous and respected
wineries in all of South Africa. When the
farm was founded, the Franschhoek Valley
was far wilder than it is today – hence the
name wolftrap. Composed of about twothirds
Syrah, one-third Mourvedre, with
a splash of Viognier to add spice and
fragrance these grapes were selected from
vineyards in the Swartland. Easy drinking, juicy and full of
black fruit flavors, violets, as well as a bit of spice, this wine
finishes with soft and supple tannins. This is your go to wine
for any kind of grilled meats or BBQ!
|Wine maker notes
|When the farm was founded, the Franschhoek valley was far wilder than it is today - as the wolf trap we once discovered goes to show. Today, the mountains are still alive with indigenous animals, including the majestic leopard. No evidence of wolves has ever been found though, so we created this wine to remind us of the mysteries and legends of days gone by.
|Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means ”ravine of the Boekenhout” (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making.
In 1993 the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier.