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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2010
Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2010
(search item no. 109860)

PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $11.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Wolftrap is a red blend including Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier.

Spicy profile with ripe black fruit and cherries. Hints of violet flavours from the Viognier. Smooth and rich on the palate with soft tannins and good density. Made for easy drinking.

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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.