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The Chocolate Block

Terroir

The wine is produced in Franschhoek in the Paarl region by winemaker Marc Kent. The Syrah comes from Malmesbury, a unique terroir that enjoys excellent growing conditions. The deeply rooted vines produce optimal concentrations for the appearance, flavour and tannic structure. The Grenache Noir comes from the country’s oldest vines, which are located in Citrusdal, whose sandy soil makes it a perfect terroir for the grape variety. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier from Boekenhoutskloof are organically farmed while the Cinsault comes from old bush vines grown in decomposed granite soils in Welbedacht in Wellington.

Vinification

The Grenache was matured in 600-litre barrels to retain the unmistakable fruit and freshness of the cultivar. The wine matured in second- and third-fill French oak barrels for 18 months before undergoing a light egg-white fining.

Features

The nose is expressive, with scents of black cherry, spicy raspberry, black fruit and violets. As the wine breathes, you’ll discover a rustic leather and earth dimension. In the mouth, the wine is well structured with elegant, supple tannins. Spicy oak aromas cover a rounded mid-palate. In short, a classically styled wine whose beautifully integrated tannins and fine acidity give it a deliciously sustained finish. Its ageing potential is eight years.

Food Pairings

Perfect with filet mignon, game, lamb and all kinds of grilled meat.

Other information

2012 - 90 pts Robert Parker

Details

Producer

Boekenhoutskloof

Category

Red

Grapes

79 % Syrah, 13 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 % Grenache Noir, 3 % Cinsault, 1 % Viognier

Country / Region

South Africa, Western Cape

Appellation

Western Cape (WO)

Size

750 ml

Degree of alcohol

14.5 %

Serving temperature

16 °C

Available in these provinces

  • Quebec
  • Ontario

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