Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Hunting for a threesome? Say Hello to Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier!

Last week's Sukasa Style Wine Wednesday pick hailed from the country whose southern tip is Cape Horn, this week's comes from the country, South Africa, whose Boekenhoutskloof winery is located in the Franschhoek Wine Valley, 86km from Cape Towne. We look at The Wolftrap 2012 (LCBO 292557 @ $13.95 | SAQ 10678464 @ $16.70).
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This is a very well made wine with a degree of elegance not often found in such an inexpensive wine. This deeply coloured blend of syrah, mourvedre and viognier has a nose of blackberry fruit with licorice, pepper and mild oak spice. It is medium to full-bodied with firm tannin which gives a nice edge to the finish. Very good to excellent length. Best 2013 to 2017. Try with grilled read meats. (Steve Thorlow, WineAlign)
This blend of Syrah (67%), Mourvèdre (31%) and Viognier (2%) is a welcoming, easy drinking, fruit forward item with benign tannins. Go here for the winemaker's comments.

Made in: Western Cap, South Africa
Winery: Boekenhoutskloof
Alcohol:  14.32% by vol.
Type and Style: Red, medium to full-bodied and smooth
Varietal: 67% Syrah | 31% Mourvèdre | 2% Viognier
Total Acidity: 5.14 g/l (tartaric acid)
Residual sugar: 3.64 g/l
pH: 3.64
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Reminiscent of the wines from southern France and the Rhône valley The Wolftrap blends Mouvedre and Syrah but no Grenache and adds a splash of Viognier to “lift the perfume profile of the wine.”
First impression is that it may be a fruit forward blockbuster but this isn’t an overripe entry; it has seriousness, structure and the potential to cellar for a few years.

Food pairing: Try with beef ribs, pulled pork, roasted duck or a rich north Indian curry dish.

For those like your friends at Sukasa Style who care about value we recommend The Wolftrap 2012 Red (there is a white as well) and a fellow Boekenhoutskloof wine, Porcupine Ridge (Vintages 595280 @ 14.95) as essential picks for your wine collection. We have tasted this wine through a number of vintages (2010-2012) and it continues to score an excellent on the QPR scale.

Serve this at 17-19 oC as it tends to shut down at cooler temperatures.

Sukasa Stars: 4.5 / 5

Quality Price Ratio: Excellent

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