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!!
Cool. I have seen this bottle a couple of time, now I will make an effort to pick one up.
Make sure its the 2011. I havent had the 2010 so that may be good. The 2009 is kind of like Apothic Red or those new softer American red blends. The 2011 is worth it and I got it for $10
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No one believes me about bacon wine, so here it is. Seriously. Now, this review mentions smoke flavour, but when I bought my bottle, it was advertised in the store as tasting of “dark berries, plums and smokey bacon”. Which it totally did.
I drank it while watching Sharknado. Which I will totally go to the theatres to see if they actually swing that deal–I haven’t laughed hard enough to get hiccups in a long time.
Or maybe that was the wine…
On a more sober note, I have seen the cover and it is FINE!!!! Fine like Charlie Hunnam in a shower scene. I lucked out totally when I got April Martinez for my cover art. Sexy, classy and oh, so Glyn.
Am I going to show it to you?
Nope. Big reveal is a little ways away yet, but not too long. And, I’ll be holding a couple of giveaways, one through the blog here and one through Joyfully Jay, to make up for it in the time before Bite Me Tender releases. So stay tuned!
Thanks for the great review on The Wolftrap Red wine, Kate! Sounds like we may have the same palate for the good wines. I know the 2011 was one of South Africa’s best vintage years so I am looking for more wines from that year. I enjoyed reading your review and Yes, there was a bit of smokey bacon on the finish of The Wolftrap! Something that you won’t believe will taste good until you try it. I will start following your reviews and check out some of the wines you have tried. I have been so busy at work, I had to stop writing wine reviews since I didnt have time. But now I am going to get back in the saddle and get back to writing. Hope you have a great holiday!