The Chocolate Block, Boekenhoutskloof

The Chocolate Block, Boekenhoutskloof

2019 Vintage is  a blend of Syrah 71%; Grenache 11%; Cinsault 9%; Cabernet Sauvignon 8%; Viognier 1%

By early accounts, 2019 is proving to be another good vintage for Syrah with pronounced black fruit flavours and a classic black olive nuance. The predominant variety (71%) displays a beautiful inkiness in the glass. The Grenache vineyards on Porseleinberg are becoming well-established, and this variety is undoubtedly the bright, perfumed star of the blend revealing an old, Châteauneuf-du-Pape-like charm. Old vine Cinsault remains an unheralded gem which effortlessly knits the wine together and establishes a refined elegance. Cabernet Sauvignon is essential in providing structure and grip to the blend. 

The nose is dark, intense and brooding with aromas of black cherries, cardamom, sweet tobacco, espresso and subtle whiffs of perfume. The dark fruit character of the nose follows through onto an exceptionally complex, juicy palate with gentle nuances of ripe plums, violets, black olives, cloves, and liquorice. The mid-palate is focused, lithe and elegant with very fine, cocoa powdery tannins. The wine is medium bodied, very balanced with an earthy, layered character, covering the entire spectrum of berry fruit - from tart red plums to rich blue and black berries. The finish is svelte, clean and dry, peppery and lingering, with hints of dried cranberry, tar, graphite and smoke. 

As with all big blends try and give this some air before you drink it, although this will benefit from some cellaring if you can bear to keep it.

Country: South Africa
Region: Franschoek
Colour: Red
Vintage: 2019
Grape: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier
Bottle Size: 75cl
Bottle Retail Price: £23.70 

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