Boekenhoutskloof ~ The Chocolate Block 2016

Boekenhoutskloof ~ The Chocolate Block 2016
£22.50 / bottle£256.50 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: South Africa
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grapes: Grenache/ Garnacha
Grapes: Shiraz/ Syrah
Style: Rich Spicy Reds
Wine Types: Red Wines
Region: Swartland
Drink: now to 2023
ABV: 14%

Tasting Notes

The story

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. He is also involved with Domaine Gayda whose beautiful Cabernet Franc and Viognier I stock; these wines also reflect Marc's commitment to quality. 

The wine

Boekenhoutskloof describes the style of the wine 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."

This 2016 vintage is made up of Syrah 79%, Grenache 11%, Cabernet Sauvignon 6%, Cinsault 3% and the white grape, Viognier, 1%. This wine will develop a little more over the next few years but can be enjoyed now.

Producer's Notes

"The nose is exceptionally perfumed with an abundance of complex red and dark berry fruit, violets and intense aromas of white pepper. Dark brooding fruit follows through onto a structured, opulent palate with notes of cardamom, cumin, cloves and black pepper. The midpalate is rich, textured and balanced with integrated acidity, cocoa powdery tannins and a definite cedarwood character derived from French oak. White pepper lingers on a smooth, lifted finish."


92 Points     Tim Atkin MW
"... it’s especially impressive in drought-affected 2016 with crowd-pleasing blackberry, bramble and tapenade flavours framed by oak."

16 points     Oct 2017
"Now all Swartland, I see. Bright crimson. Definitely not chocolatey any more. Grainy and almost Grenachey but that is just 11% and Syrah dominates the blend. Chewy end. Still quite young. Grainy tannins. A little drying on the finish for now."

This wine is a legend - I have added it to the portfolio at the request of a lovely customer and it fits the bill as a wine with attitude. A lovely, spicy Syrah-dominated blend.

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