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Wolftrap (IN STORE ONLY)


The Wolftrap is a tribute to the pioneers who in the early days ventured into
the Cape wilderness and erected a wolf trap on Boekenhoutskloof. To date,
no wolf either real or mystical, has been seen in the valley. The Wolftrap – a
Boekenhoutskloof original.

Our classic blend again comprised our favourite three Mediterranean
varieties, Syrah, Mourvèdre and a dash of Viognier. The 2021 vintage will be
remembered for its moderate weather conditions that slowed ripening,
resulting in excellent grape quality. The overall growing season was cool, with
decent rainfall in November. This continued at the onset of the flowering
period and contributed to optimal flowering and fruit set. Veraison occurred
late and slowly but somewhat uneven. We utilized more of our own grapes
and were fortunate to focus on the Swartland profile, which lends flavour
components of dark brooding fruit, violets and olive tapenade. Because
Mourvèdre is such a vigorous grower, its upright canopy and thick-skinned
berries can easily withstand the annual heatwaves without compromising the
fruit quality. We always opt for Mourvèdre in this popular blend, relying on
its intensely bold colour, smoky aromas and meaty flavours. Both red
varieties are made to contribute layers of black fruits and spice. Yet, our Syrah
also offers a beautiful red fruit character, with its cherry and plum flavours on
the palate. We intervene as little as possible, aiming for a pure expression of
the Swartland.

The nose is opulent and intense, oozing with rich, ripe dark fruits and plums
and subtle whiffs of cloves, cardamon, black pepper and perfume. Brambles,
blackberry and liquorice flavours intertwine with hints of raw biltong on the
palate, and the fruitcake spiciness of the nose follows through beautifully. The
midpalate is velvety and brooding, with juicy cranberry fruit, vibrant acidity
and integrated, silky oak tannins creating exceptional balance. Savoury
nuances add to the layered complexity of the wine, with accents of black olive
tapenade and cassis lingering on a smooth, round finish.


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