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Date Printed: 7/12/2014
Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap White 2009
Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap White 2009
(search item no. 110034)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $10.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit blossom, spices and almond flavours, followed with a well textured palate with nice weight and a rounded finish. The wine has a lingering aftertaste with subtle wood flavours.

A friendly style displaying characteristics of the components in harmony. The Viognier grapes are sourced from a dry- land vineyard in Malmesbury, the Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch and the Grenache Blanc from the Piekenierskloof near Citrusdal. The Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc were barrel matured in French oak, after which the Viognier was blended and the wine was cold stabilized, filtered and bottled.

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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.