I love Spring and nothing says “Spring” quite like a crisp glass of chilled Rosé. Perfectly timed, The Wolftrap, the increasingly successful brand “at the forefront of offering exceptional value for money,” according to the Platter’s 2014 wine guide, has released its 2014 Rosé.
This juicy Rosé is a blend of Syrah 49%; Grenache 28% and Cinsault 23%, sourced from the Swartland and Wellington, and has a gentle intriguing salmon colour and a nose offering attractive red cherry and pomegranate fruit. The juicy, earthy red berry fruit follows through onto a perfectly dry palate, which also shows a fleshy roundness and delicate hints of spice, yet with a fair amount of structure, grippy tannins and integrated natural acidity. A New World Rosé, showing beautiful varietal character and the bolder flavours of a red wine, it ends clean and fresh with an attractive minty note.
A method known as ‘saignée’, or bleeding, was used to draw juice from the grapes prior to fermentation. Specially selected rosé yeast strains were used to produce serious berry fruit flavours.
The blend was cold-fermented in stainless steel prior to sterile filtration and bottling. No oaking was done.
A beautifully fresh, crisp, bright wine, The Wolftrap Rosé is perfect for Spring weather. Offering great complexity for a Rosé, it is a very versatile food partner to everything from seafood, especially salmon and bouillabaisse, to hot Thai dishes.
The Wolftrap Rosé is a welcome complement to the other two popular Rhône-style Wolftrap wines:
The Wolftrap White 2013, an unusual blend of Viognier 60%, Chenin Blanc 21% and Grenache Blanc 19%, sourced from the Swartland, Stellenbosch and Piekerneerskloof, has a mouth-watering palate with lively floral flavours and white peach, almond and apple notes. Fermented and partially aged in French oak, it is elegantly textured, delivers depth and richness and has a lingering finish. The maiden vintage was awarded Platter’s 2012 Superquaffer of the Year.
The Wolftrap Red 2013, an elegant oak-matured rich deep blend of Syrah 66%, Mourvèdre 32%, and Viognier 2%, from the Swartland, displays assorted black fruit, violets and a hint of oak on the nose leading to a smooth savoury palate with a peppery finish. Soft tannins with lingering flavours make for easy and pleasurable drinking.
The Wolftrap Rosé, White and Red are packaged with screwcap closures, offer great value and retail nationally at leading liquor stores and grocers for around R40 per bottle.
The Wolftrap wines, delivering consistent quality year after year at an excellent price, are produced by the eminent Boekenhoutskloof Winery in Franschhoek, Platter’s 2012 Winery of the Year. “Their premium wines deservedly get applause at home and around the world, yet equally impressive in their own way are the amazing quality, typicity and value on offer in the Porcupine Ridge and Wolftrap ranges,” according to the Platter’s 2013 guide.
The Wolftrap is a wine drawn from legend. When the Boekenhoutskloof farm was founded, the Franschhoek Valley was far wilder than it is today – as the wolf trap found on the farm goes to show.
Today, the mountains are still alive with indigenous animals, including the majestic leopard. No evidence of wolves has ever been found though, so this wine was created to remind us of the mysteries and legends of days gone by.