November Wines of the Month: two top Autumnal Cape wines, each under a tenner

They say that dogs reflect their owners.  If my ebullient November Wines of the Month, both extreme good value, are anything to go by, I reckon the same is true of wine!

Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap White 2010

At last, Marc Kent has succumbed to the virtues of Chenin Blanc, which comprises 19% of this blend together with Viognier (67%) and Grenache Blanc (14%).  It brings freshness and line to its Rhone companions, especially the Viognier with its lavish, fleshy core of stone fruits and honeysuckle lift, while the Grenache (part fermented on skins) is all about texture.  It’s remarkable value for money at £7.75 a bottle at Hailsham Wines  or £6.50 for members of The Wine Society, both of whose prices are a few quid less than other stockists.

AA Badenhorst Secateurs Red 2010

Adi Badenhorst’s Secateurs White – a terrifically characterful, textured Chenin Blanc  – has previously featured on this page. The Red, a blend, is every bit its equal.  As with The Wolftrap White, the dominant partner  Shiraz (74%) provides a platform of vivid fruit, while Cinsault (10%) and unspecified amounts of Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre are the seasoning.  The outcome?  A bright and juicy red-berried confection without confection – it’s reassuringly grown up and dry with its savoury and spicy undertows.  Love the waxy damask petal texture too.  £9.95 at Swig  (who incidentally charge this same price for The Wolftrap White).

I’ll be catching up with Kent and Badenhorst among other leading producers next week in the Cape so watch this space for more hot to trot wines from South Africa.

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