Friday, March 16, 2007

Rating: *** 2003 Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Red, Western Cape, South Africa

Review: This South African red is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, pinotage, grenache and syrah. Should be a deep, tarry, tannic experience if the grapes are any clue. Let's see... The color sure lives up to expectations: a dark, ruddy red. The aroma is focused and very specific: spicy blackberry. Almost like blackberries were dried, ground up with the seeds and put into a spice jar. On the palate, a burnt-charcoal fruit first hits the front of the mouth, moving up and back across the palate. The charcoal element holds through the finish, bringing a late pucker and dryness to the experience. Interesting. Very consistent from color through aroma through flavor through finish. A barbecue wine. Not just a wine to HAVE with a barbecue - but a wine that IS a barbecue, all unto itself. Barbecued blackberries.

Yes, I'd drink it again, but I'd try something else tonight too. That's three stars. Exactly.

To compare, Stephen Tanzer gave it 87 points. He said, "Deep red. Roasted red berries, truffle and underbrush on the nose, plus a whiff of bay leaf. Moderately dense but creamy-sweet in the mouth, with flavors of raspberry, redcurrant, leather and pepper. Finishes with attractive sweetness and good persistence."

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