About This Wine
This cult South African wine from venerable producer Boekenhoutskloof seems to get better with every vintage.
An exotic and vibrant vintage with an iron edge running alongside the inky core of prunes, mulberries, cloves and boasting floral notes. Firm ripe tannins on the palate covered by plums, blackberries and olive tapenade. Textured, composed and seamless in style.
The latest vintage of this cult South African wine from venerable producer Boekenhoutskloof is as rich and flavoursome as ever, but this year seems to have an added touch of elegance. A complex blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viogner from specially selected blocks, it is full-bodied and rich, with a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavours of blackberry, leather, spice and - yes - chocolate. Drink now, or cellar for five+ years. The best vintage we've tasted.
|Varietal(s)||Shiraz/Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon Grenache Cinsault|
World Wine – Vinous Wine Review: The 2018 The Chocolate Block is sourced from the Goldmine and Porseleinberg farms, the Cabernet originating from Voor-Paaderberg, and matured for 16 months in used oak barrels. It offers generous black plum and black currant aromas, pressed rose petals and a touch of menthol. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, and much more structured than the vintages of old (as I have pointed out in previous reviews), displaying fennel, bay leaf and white pepper toward the finish. This feels long in the mouth. A classy Chocolate Block that treads a fine line between commercial and intellectual appeal.