Boekenhoutskloof 2021 The Chocolate Block Red
Boekenhoutskloof winery already existed as an estate in 1776 in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, but it was 1993 when it went through a major shift in winemaking. They focus on using high-quality French varieties and organic wine-growing methods, believing that producing top quality wines starts in the vineyard.
The legendary Chocolate Block style is a reflection of the belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to blended reds. The make-up of the 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 Chocolate Block 2021 marks the 20th vintage of this iconic wine, which is a blend of Syrah 74%; Grenache 10%; Cinsault 8%; Cabernet Sauvignon 7% and Viognier 1%. Intense blackberry, bramble, and lavender aromas with gentle nuances of potting soil and cured meat dominate a dark and brooding nose. The abundance of perfume and the earthy character of the nose follows through generously onto a powerful palate, with a lush compote of blueberries, ripe plums, black currants & cherries. Cacao powdery tannins are abundant, adding texture and complexity to an almost savory mid-palate, seamlessly complementing the vivid dark fruits, alcohol and acidity. This is a robust, structured wine, yet it is delicate, poised and elegant at the same time. Black fruits, cumin spice, white pepper, licorice and hints of garrigue persist on a velvety finish.