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Syrah is the predominant variety on both farms and accounts for a 73% contribution to the blend. Grenache (11%) from bush-vines on Porseleinberg is the subtle superstar of the blend that offers a perfumy brightness and allows the wine to deliver a gastronomic texture. The moderate conditions were a welcome relief for Swartland Cabernet Sauvignon (7%). The cooler, balanced growing season was particularly beneficial in providing a more elegant, old-world style of the variety. In summary: 2020 is a vintage which shows exceptional balance and texture with a youthful elegance. These hallmarks certainly favour significant ageing potential.

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Named after the original property established in 1776, the vineyard at Boekenhoutskloof were established in 1993 in the Franschhoek Valley and planted to Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier. Mark Kent is the winemaker and driving force behind the estate creating a range of well-crafted wines under different labels such as Boekenhoutskloof, The Wolftrap, Porcupine Ridge, The Chocolate Block. Boekenhoutskloof is rated as South Africas's #1 producer by Robert Parker and has recently picked up the 2012 Winery of the Year in the prestigious Platters South Africa Wine Guide. One of the countries finest and most innovative producers

Next, three years later, Boekenhoutskloof released its first vintage, Cabernet Sauvignon. Further, in 2002, the winery produced the first vintage of The Chocolate Block. Marc, the winemaker, bottled 15 barrels to release in 2003.

The Syrah brings black fruit flavors, a classic black olive nuance and an inkiness in the glass. The Grenache vineyards on Porseleinberg display bright aromatics, while old-vine Cinsault knits the wine together, and Cabernet Sauvignon provides structure to the blend.

The 2019 features intense aromas of dark fruit, espresso, baking spices and a hint of perfume from the Viognier. The five grapes in the blend bring juicy layers of fruit flavors such as blackberries, blueberries, cherries and plums, along with hints of black olives, smoke, graphite, licorice and savory, earthy notes. And, of course, chocolate.

In conclusion, we are always delighted to experience wine from South Africa, especially Boekenhoutskloof. And we know our journey is just beginning. We highly recommend The Chocolate Block. As well, we look forward to tasting other Boekenhoutskloof wines.

Made from a blend of 71% Syrah, 11% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Viognier, the 2019 Chocolate Block begins with a broad, juicy nose of spiced plum, blackberry compote, fresh cracked black peppercorn, dusty purple flowers and hints of baking spices. Medium to full-bodied, the wine initially expresses fresh, ripe and juicy dark fruit tones with an undercurrent of black and red spice before firm tannins grip the gumline. The wine concludes with a dusty and spicy finish and a lingering tannic edge. The wine spent 13 to 16 months in barrels before being blended. Rating: 90+

With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended red wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged resulting in a wide variety of red wine styles. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a red wine blend variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

The nose is dark and brooding and entices with its black fruit aromas and hints of pepper and spice. The blueberry and blackberry of the nose follow through onto a layered, full palate with flavours of dark plums and notes of dust, graphite and cocoa nib. The wine is focused and elegant, with fresh yet integrated acidity and fine-grained tannins, adding to exceptional structure. Black currant and milk chocolate linger on a silky finish.Food PairingDue to its multi layeredness, it is an ideal meal companion. Whether with pasta, dark meat or roast, this red blend always impresses.Grape Syrah 73%; Grenache 11%; Cinsault 8%; Cabernet Sauvignon 7%; Viognier 1%The EstateWith the The Chocolate Block, the winery Boekenhoutskloof has created a true icon of the South African wine world. The estate is convinced that the special climate of the country is simply made for excellent red blends. AgeingSyrah and Cinsault were matured in a combination of seasoned 2,500L French oak foudres and barriques. Grenache was matured in seasoned 600L demi-muids. Cabernet Sauvignon was the only component exposed to new French oak barrique. The elevage ranged between 11 & 14 months, dependant on component and vineyard parcel. 2982 barriques were selected for our 2020 vintage

The Chocolate Block, with its spicy nose profile, is a wine of elegance and linearity. Explosive nose with great depth of spiced berry, fine white pepperiness, and violet-infused perfume. Striking freshness on a firmly structured palate with elegant and supple tannins. Spicy oak aromas covering a rounded mid-palate that reveals layers of fruit with intense purity. Classically styled with integrated tannins and balanced acidity to ensure a long, succulent, and textured finish.

Winery notes (2020 Vintage)"The nose is dark and brooding and entices with its black fruit aromas and hints of pepper and spice. The blueberry and blackberry of the nose follow through onto a layered, full palate with flavours of dark plums and notes of dust, graphite and cocoa nib. The wine is focused and elegant, with fresh yet integrated acidity and fine-grained tannins, adding to exceptional structure. Black currant and milk chocolate linger on a silky finish."

aromas of raspberry, mulberry, blackberry, damson, dark chocolate and liquorice with whiffs of cloves, nutmeg and orange rind. The wine has a rich mid-palate with red and black berry; follows through cocoa powdery tannins.

We endeavour to display accurate and current vintages on all our wines listed on the website; however, from time to time stocks of the vintage listed do become exhausted. If this is the case with your order we will always contact you to recommend another vintage of the same wine, if it is still available. If the vintage of a wine is important to you then please leave a note at checkout advising us of this.

Christopher Waters has been writing about wine for two decades. He is education director of IWEG Drinks Academy in Toronto and a WSET (Wine Spirits Education Trust) certified instructor at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University.

An internationally recognized wine judge, Christopher served as head judge and organizer of the InterVin International Wine Awards for 10 years (2009-2019) and continues to represent Canada for the Six Nations Wine Challenge. He was awarded the Business Citizen of the Year at the 2011 Niagara Grape and Wine Festival and was received the VQA Promoters Award for Education, also in 2011.

Having earned the nickname "The Big Easy" as much for his effortless swing as for his big heart and philanthropic efforts, Ernie Els is synonymous with all round excellence. This wine embodies these values by delivering full flavour with gentle approachability.

Roodeberg is South Africa's most celebrated red blend, recognized worldwide for its consistent quality for more than 50 years. Literally translated as "red mountain", it is named after the red hue of South Africa's Boland Mountains at sunset. Produced in Paarl, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Roodeberg is a timeless Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Ripe berries on the nose, with hints of cinnamon spice and green pepper. Complex and well-structured on the palate, with firm tannins and blackberry and chocolate notes.

Franschhoek wine region lies to the west of Stellenbosch in a fertile valley surrounded by the Drakenstein Mountains. The town of Frankschoek was founded by fleeing French Huguenots in 1688, who brought along their winemaking traditions and vines. Franschhoek's warm, temperate climate is perfectly suited to the production of powerful, saturated red wines and concentrated, fruit-driven white wines. The most prominent grapes in the region are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Today it remains very much a boutique wine region with smallholding producers.

Why do we love it so much? The blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and a splash of white - Viognier. The combination works, producing a powerful wine with good fruit and some spice tempered by flavours of dark chocolate. It۪s great with food. We give them full marks for the name and the presentation too! Give it a try.

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South Africa is one of the coolest wine trips we have taken. The Chocolate Block is a serious wine that is big, brooding, and full of life! Syrah and Grenache are the main grapes in the blend, but with a little help from the Viognier, it becomes aromatic and well-rounded.

The Chocolate Block is a beautiful wine: smooth, red, juicy and rich. You could call it opulent, but it is better than that, as it has a wonderful balance and freshness that comes from the old vines that provide its fruit. 041b061a72

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