The Wolftrap Viognier-Chenin Blanc-Grenache Blanc
When the farm was founded, the Franschhoek valley was far wilder than it is today – as the wolf trap we once discovered 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 we created this wine to remind us of the mysteries and legends of days gone by.
The majority of the components for this intriguing blend were sourced from the renowned Swartland area in the Western Cape. Smaller yields, due to the ongoing drought, produced wine with exceptional flavour and texture. The vibrant mid-palate and crisp finish was again achieved by increasing the percentage of Chenin used in the blend. We use Viognier for its rich texture and floral aromas and Chenin Blanc for backbone and acidity. Grenache Blanc lends an attractive green character and elegance. Oak, as always, are used sparingly to support our abundance of fruit and solely to create a more harmonious wine and add to the complexity of the blend, rather than overpower it.
The nose is clean, fresh and inviting with its green apple, white peach and quince aromas, with whiffs of acacia blossom, ginger and preserved lemon. The stone fruit character of the nose follows through with flavours of nectarine, apricot kernel, bruised apple and green almond with an intriguing chalky texture. The wine is smooth and round with slight oak nuances, a fleshy mid-palate, balanced, integrated acidity and a vibrant, lingering tangerine finish with hints of white pepper and tarragon.
Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc
Boekenhoutskloof, Franschhoek valley, Breede River valley, South Africa
Standard Bottle (750ml)