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Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2021

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£25.00

Iconic rich, spicy South African red wine, Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block is a blend of Syrah, Grenache Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier in 2021

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Rich Spicy Red

Grape Variety

Shiraz / Syrah, Grenache / Garnacha, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier

Wine Region

Swartland

Country

South Africa

ABV

14.60%

Oaked

Yes

Cork

Yes

Lifestyle

Vegetarian, Organic

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2028

Description

Boekenhoutskloof describes the style of Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2021 as “a reflection of our 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.” 2021 was the 20th vintage of this iconic wine and the cooler vintage meant a longer ripening period resulting in “excellent grape quality” and a more restrained, elegant wine. The 2021 vintage is made up of Syrah 74%, Grenache 10%, Cinsault 8%, Cabernet Sauvignon 7% and Viognier 1%. The Syrah is the backbone of this wine with black fruits and black olive notes, the Grenache bringing fruit and finesse, the Cinsault floral and strawberry notes and the Cabernet Sauvignon tannins and structure. 1% Viognier gives the red wine an aromatic lift. This wine will develop a little more over a few years but its lovely texture and myriad of flavours – dark berries, spice, chocolate, white pepper – can be enjoyed now.

 

Boekenhoutskloof in the beautiful Franschhoek valley in South Africa is perhaps best known for this iconic red blend, The Chocolate Block. I also have its amazing Semillon in stock. Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for making fine furniture. The Boekenhoutskloof label features seven chairs, in the words of the winery “to pay tribute to the skills of 18th century craftsmen and their achievements in creating beauty from natural sources, just like the pursuit of fine wine-making.” Marc Kent is the chief winemaker and driving force behind Boekenhoutskloof. He likes to experiment with the unconventional but his principal commitment is to quality.

 

This wine is suitable for vegetarians but not for vegans.

How to Enjoy this Wine

Serve at: 12 – 16°C

Producer's Notes

“The 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.”

Awards

For the 2019 vintage:

 

90+ points – RobertParker.com – May 21
“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.”

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