Wine Review: 2011 Boekenhoutskloof ‘The Wolftrap’ Red
Lingering in South Africa last evening as we were sipping The Wolftrap red wine. This is a blend that is mostly Syrah, followed by Mourvedre and Viognier. I will be honest and say I became hooked on the Wolftrap 2008 vintage but felt the 2009 was a bit lackluster. The 2009 changed to an American Palate wine which was overly fruity, soft, & a bit flabby. It made me wonder what would be in this 2011 bottle. I must say the great flavors are back and this is an impressive wine again! This wine has a very vivid red color and purplish on the edges. The nose had a nice aroma of dark berry, violets, smoke, and a bit of funk…. which is usually a good thing. (for us anyway). On the palate, it was full bodied, silky, and a feeling of some nice tannins. Flavors of black currants, dried plums, tobacco, & spice teased my taste buds! As the wine opened up more, more hints of smoke, vanilla, and a long smooth finish. Pair this with medium to strong cheeses, grilled steak, pasta with tomato sauce (with or without meat), and mushroom burgers. Or for the vegetarian – Portobello Mushroom Burgers! The smoke and funk will be like a symphony!
We are so glad that the 2011 Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap is back and tastes like our favorite 2008 vintage. So now we have 2 favorite vintages! Intense dark fruit flavors, spice, smoke, & a bit of funk. Perfect for us! We do think an 89 point rating is deserving. If you have a 2011, this should keep well through 2014. WineSplashing!!