Original tasting and review : This is Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap, Western Cape, South Africa, 2013, a blend of 66% syrah, 32% mourvedre and 2% viognier, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled the year after vintage date, in September, 2014.
In the glass: Medium, bright dusty red.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky, deep, smoky black and red fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be thick and layered, perhaps brooding.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact both bright on the mouth and dark and smoky on the flavors; an interesting contrast. Bright acids bring the sip up into your cheeks and it floats down in brooding smoky fruit. Finishes clean and sharp.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. A best value at its price point.
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