Tasting NoteThe nose is dark, intense and brooding with aromas of black cherries, cardamom, sweet tobacco, espresso and subtle whiffs of perfume. The dark fruit character of the nose follows through onto an exceptionally complex, juicy palate with gentle nuances of ripe plums, violets, black olives, cloves, and liquorice. The mid-palate is focused, lithe and elegant with very fine, cocoa powdery tannins. The wine is medium bodied, very balanced with an earthy, layered character, covering the entire spectrum of berry fruit - from tart red plums to rich blue and black berries. The finish is svelte, clean and dry, peppery and lingering, with hints of dried cranberry, tar, graphite and smoke. The 2019 Chocolate Block is a blend of: Syrah (71%) Grenache (11%) Cinsault (9%) Cabernet Sauvignon (8%) Viognier (1%)
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Founded in 1776, Boekenhoutskloof is one of the oldest farms situated up the "Valley" in the Franschhoek foothills. Marc Kent is the winemaker, cellarmaster, and part owner of this homestead and wine farm.
There is a 250-year old wolf trap on Boekenhoutskloof and the name is a tribute to the pioneers who in the early days of the Cape erected a wolf trap, mistakenly believing that wolves inhabited the area. To date, no wolf either real or mystical has been seen in the valley.
Boekenhoutskloof, the Franschhoek winery that shot to prominence with its first Syrah (1997) and is today rated among the Cape's leading producers. Only approximately 600 cases of the Syrah, 800 of the Cabernet are produced. Boekenhoutskloof's has a more available second label, Porcupine Ridge.
The flagship range - which includes the very good Sémillon, also made in tiny quantities - was consciously formulated through Kent's own preferences, grape availability and his desire to focus on Franschhoek. The Chocolate Block is lively purple colour with rich ripe berries on the nose. Medium bodied with fruity blackberry, sour cherry, grape and candy flavours. Hints of chocolate and spice are lurking underneath, too.
|Grape type||Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Cinsault, Grenache/Garnacha|
|Drinking style||Ripe, full-bodied, oaky|
|Country/Region||South Africa, South Africa/Franschhoek|
|Goes well with||Roast Turkey, Roast Chicken, Chocolate, Thai food, Spicy food, Duck, Lamb, Beef, Roast Meats, Game|
|Critics Review||Jancis Robinson - 16 Points "mid-deep purple. Ripe slightly jammy berry fruits with a touch of dark chocolate and a floral note. Velvety, with a rich mouthfeel, and a blend of sweet fruit and savoury spice. Good length" December 2019|