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Saturday, December 23, 2006

2005 Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap

This South African wine is a blend of Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Viognier. South Africa is a great country to investigate if you’re a fan of wine...places like South Africa, Chile, Argentina, and even Spain have some outstanding bargains. This one cost me $10.

There’s no doubt here, this is a food wine. Big, bold, jammy, spicy, acidic and with medium tannins it begs for big, flavorful food.

Alcohol and earth on the nose.

The palate is fruity and spicy–ripe blackberries, plums, a bit of cherry, some cinammon, and black pepper, all with bit of earth

Firmly acidic in an unusual way....the 5% Viognier (a white grape) may be the source of that, but it may also be the terrior. It's difficult to describe, but most wine has a very nice blended taste to it...the acid and fruit just work together...with this they just seem seperate. Imagine the difference between a blended squash soup--everything just works together. Now think about a salad with a balsalmic dressing--everything compliments each other but by contrast. This has that contrast feel to it, but don't get me wrong--it works.

If you like big red wine I’d recommend it, especially at this price. At $10, you can’t get anything with this depth from the US or even Australia.

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