The 2015 Chocolate Block is a blend of 71% Syrah,15% Grenache Noir, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cinsault and 1% Viognier. This vintage is unique in the sense that all the grapes for the blend are now grown in the Swartland, hence its wine of origin certification. Grenache Noir always softens a masculine blend, adding to the flavour profile and not necessarily enhancing the structure as such. With enough structure from the Syrah, a bit more Grenache was added than previous years.
The Grenache was matured in 600 litres barrels to retain its unmistakable fruity aromas and vibrancy.
The wine matures in 1st (all of the Cabernet Sauvignon), 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels (eight 2500 litres French oak foudres) for 16 months before it undergoes a light egg-white fining and filtration.
1675 barriques were selected for the 2015 vintage.
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-up of this wine is tweaked from vintage to vintage to best reflect the season and the ancient vines of great character that are an integral part of the wine's charm and personality.
The nose is exceptionally intense and complex with red berry fruit juxtaposed against a dark, brood ing fruit compote and Swartland violets. The nose exudes aromas of raspberry, mulberry, blackberry, damson, dark chocolate and liquorice with whiffs of cloves, nutmeg and orange rind. The wine has a soft, smooth entry, a rich mid-palate and the abundance of red and black berry fruit on the nose follows through with balanced acidity and svelte cocoa powdery tannins. The Porseleinberg fruit certainly makes an impact to the blend, lending structure and a piercing yet lifted perfume. The wine has a long, lingering finish reminiscent of Swiss dark hazelnut chocolate.