The Wolftrap Red 2021
Boekenhoutskloof, established in 1776, is a farm located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley. The Wolftrap label is produced at this farm under Marc Kent, owner, chief winemaker and driving force behind both Boekenhoutskloof and The Wolftrap. The Wolftrap is a tribute to the pioneers who ventured into the Cape wilderness in the early days and erected a wolf trap on Boekenhoutskloof. To date, no wolf, either real or mystical, has been seen in the valley. The Wolftrap Red is a blend comprised of three Mediterranean varieties: Syrah, Mourvèdre, and a dash of Viognier. The nose is intense, dark, and brooding with an abundance of black fruit aromas and scents of violets, pepper, and cured meat with gentle whiffs of dried coriander and tar. The savoury, gamey smell and dark berries of the nose follow through onto the palate with flavours of liquorice, black olives, cardamom, and hints of cranberry, red currant, and cloves. The mid-palate is full, creamy, and smooth with supple tannins and integrated acidity and shows sweet tobacco and spicy undertones from subtle oak. The wine lingers in the mouth with a smoky, slightly charry, yet very juicy finish.