2018 Boekenhoutskloof "The Wolftrap" Red Blend Western Cape

SKU #1435404

Neal Martin writes: "Boekenhoutskloof is another of the few wineries of this scale that has undergone a lot of investment in recent years. I took a brief look at their barrel cellar, accessed through a long tunnel with winemaker Gottfied Mokke. “The first bottling that was done in the new cellar was the 2015,” he told me as I surveyed row upon row of barrels and several tiers high. “They are based on the OXO(2) revolving system so they don’t have to be moved to be racked. This has enabled us to shorten the élevage. The wines used to spend longer time in oak, but it has been shortened from 24 to 18 months.” Like many in the Cape, they added more strings to the arrow by installing various vessels for fermentation. “We moved all the fermentation vats to concrete so that the size corresponds to one pressing so we can vinify parcel by parcel. With respect to the Syrah we no longer use barriques, but only 2500-litre Stockinger foudres and 600-litre barrels. Also, we now do not add SO2 after malolactic, instead keep the wine at low temperatures to maintain freshness. We want to retain more tension and purity and impart a fresh aspect to each variety.” Boekenhoutskloof has certainly changed in terms of style in recent vintages, for the better in my opinion."


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Rhone Blends

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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5