About This Wine
“The Chocolate Block” is known as “the wine with secrets to keep.”
Produced by South Africa’s acclaimed Boekenhoutskloof winery, both the name and the wine have become the stuff of legend. “While we are not about to reveal all,” a winery spokesperson tells us, “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 2010 vintage of “The Chocolate Block” certainly demonstrates that assertion. It’s a Syrah-based blend that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Noir and Cinsault, along with just a splash of Viognier.
“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 spokesperson adds. That flexibility enables the Boekenhoutskloof winemaking team to produce a tasty, enticing cuvee year after year.
Very dark, rich, powerful wines with great aging potential (as long as 50 years), yet still can be drunk relatively young. Distinct pepper, spice, cherry and leather flavors, with smooth, supple texture. Embodied in majestic wines from France, Australia and, increasingly, California.
- Grape Composition:72% Syrah, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Grenache Noir, 6% Cinsault and 2% Viognier
- Grape Source:Western Cape, South Africa
- Aromas & Flavors:Violets, Spiced Black Fruits and a Hint of Oak Spice
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels (Second- and Third-Use) for 18 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestiona tri-tip steak, or roasted duck.
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