I read recently that when one is learning about wine, it’s a good idea to drink lots of the same variety (or blend) from the same region. No, not at the same time; but in close succession! The reason for this is to cement the aroma and flavour characteristics of this type of wine into your vinous memory. It makes sense I suppose but I rather like the exploring bit – as regular readers will know. I do however, seem to have almost done things “properly”, as this is my second review of a red made from the Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Viognier hailing from the Western Cape of South Africa in just seven days.
The Wolftrap Red 2011, like Quirky Bird, is another wine with a really striking label. The notes on the back of the bottle explain that the name comes from a wolf trap that was set up in the early days, although “to date, no wolf either real or mystical has been seen in the valley.” Boekenhoutskloof are the producers. You may have heard of their signature red – Chocolate Block or their Porcupine Ridge range. Anyway, they win awards.
The Wolftrap Red blend is Shiraz 65%, Mourvèdre 32% Viognier 3%. Shiraz/Syrah provides the spice and weight; while the Mourvèdre adds structure and, as I said last time, the aromatic Viognier brings some perfume and smoothes out the tannins.
Dark and full bodied, the wine has dark berry aromas with hints of vanilla and something scented. The overall flavour is spicy, peppery blackberries. The tannins are just there and are silky. It’s got high alcohol at 14.5% but the wine is nicely balanced and you don’t feel it.
I could (and did) drink a glass of this on its own. Equally, I think it’d stand up to red meat or maybe hearty, herby sausages. Like many reds, the wine definitely improved when given time to ‘stretch’ in the glass/decanter/jug so do give it a bit of time to ‘breathe’.
The Wolftrap Red 2011 is available from The Wine Society and independent wine shops priced from £6.75.
W.O.W. Factor 7.5