The 2017 Chocolate Block is a blend of 64% Syrah, 14% Grenache Noir, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cinsault and 1% Viognier. Due to the looming drought conditions, yields were much lower, resulting in higher berry concentration and healthier grapes.
This is the third vintage where 100% Swartland fruit is used.
The Swartland vineyards are renowned for its slate and granitic soils, creating tension and vibrancy in the wine. The increased volume of both Grenache and Cinsault in the blend certainly enhances the flavour profile significantly, with Grenache contributing exceptional fruit purity and Cinsault lending floral and ripe strawberry notes. Syrah remains our structural backbone. The Grenache was matured in 600L barrels to retain its unmistakable fruity aromas and a pronounced freshness. The wine matures in 1st (all of the Cabernet Sauvignon), 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels as well as 2500L French oak foudres for 12 months before it undergoes a light egg-
The quest to understand the name of this wine and the wine itself is now the stuff of legends.
The style of the wine is a reflection of the belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to blended reds. The make-
The nose offers a brooding compote of dark fruit with an abundance of perfume and savoury whiffs of cured meat, black olives and cigar box. The palate shows red and dark berry fruit with flavours of ripe, red plums, blueberries, black cherries and tar evident on the mid-
It matches perfectly with Grilled or Roast Beef
Bin No.: 1930
Country: South Africa
Producer: Boekenhoutskloof Vineyards
Grape Varieties: 64% Syrah, 14% Grenache Noir,
Grape Varieties: 10% Cabernet Sauvignon,
Grape Varieties: 11% Cinsault, 1% Viognier
Status: Still, Eggs
Allergens: contains sulphites
Body Value: D (A is light, E is full bodied)
abv: 14.5% Bottle size: 75cl