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Date Printed: 4/17/2015
Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2007
Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2007
(search item no. 95120)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2015: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 60% Syrah, 39% Mourvèdre, 1% Viognier

Opulent floral nose even seems perfumed from Viognier component. Spicy aromatics are supported with fleshy berry fruit aromas. The wine is generous in length.

Although the cultivars making up the Wolftrap blend now remains the same from vintage to vintage, the percentages of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier might differ. The 2007 blend has a dominant 60% Syrah of which a part was co-fermented on Viognier skins, but also for the first time on lignified Viognier stalks. After separating the Viognier juice from the skins to make white wine, we use part of those skins to co-ferment with the Syrah. The added Viognier stalks to the Syrah ferment, not only extracts structural tannins but also adds a pepper spice character to the wine. The fleshiness of the Mourvèdre adds richness to the blend.

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About Boekenhoutskloof:

The name "Boekenhoutskloof" comes from the Cape beech, or Kaapse boekenhout, a tree indigenous to Franschhoek and once used by the Cape Dutch for furniture making. It is pronounced, not easily, bok-un-hoatscloof. The winery's white-washed, Dutch-style farmhouse, dated 1771, once stood in an orchard; pears still plump up in the trees around it. Kent and his partners, including South Africa's consummate ad-men John Hunt and Reg Lascaris, have never advertised the wine. And still the bottles - each with a sleek hand-torn label picturing seven different Capestyle chairs, one for each partner - keep selling out.

Kent is now studying to be a master of wine, one of three in South Africa taking the seriously competitive international course rather than the regional one. He's not got hubris enough to presume the post himself; he's already saturated in the business of making Boekenhoutskloof, as well as the winery's second label, Porcupine Ridge.

While he sounds casual about his craft ("It's a series of decisions, and when you make them"), small details give away his obsessive streak. His dogs are called Petrus and Gaja.