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Platter's Review: 4.5 * (94 points)
The quest to understand the name of this wine and the wine itself is now the stuff of legend. While we are not about to reveal all, we can say that the style of the wine is 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.
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.
Due to its multi layeredness, it is an ideal meal companion. Whether with pasta, dark meat or roast, this red blend always impresses.
Syrah 71%; Grenache 11%; Cinsault 9%; Cabernet Sauvignon 8%; Viognier 1%
With 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.
The wine is matured in French oak barrels for 16 months. A pleasure right away, this noble wine from South Africa will keep in an appropriate cellar for many years.
Alcohol: 14.69% vol
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