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The Chocolate Block 2014

Bursts with raspberries, allspice and a grapefruit-cool-climate-Syrah typicity underscored by dark fruit and floral incense. Structurally more intense than recent vintages and a refreshing acidity luring you back for more. The Viognier adds subtle hi-tone nuances to the aromatic profile and some textural qualities. Bitter dark chocolate on the palate with game, black fruit, hints of smoky minerality and oak spice. A pure, focussed, textured and penetrating palate.

Description

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Producer

Boekenhoutskloof

Wine Region

Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa

About the Winery

Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means “ravine of the Boekenhout”. Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture-making.

In 1993, the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier.

Marc Kent is the chief winemaker and driving force behind the dynamic farm. A maverick spirit, Marc is unafraid to experiment with the unconventional but his principal commitment is quality on every level.

Grape Varieties

An exciting blend of five grape varieties from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. The grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskloof’s estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.

73% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Grenache Noir,

4% Cinsault, 1% Viognier

Style

Smooth, full-bodied, spicy

Drinking Window (Advisory)

Ready but will improve.

Food Pairings

Enjoy at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

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