2013 Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek, South Africa

2013 Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek, South Africa

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2013 Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek, South Africa

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Chocolate Block has built a fantastic following over the last decade or so and with the wines being as approachable, rich but elegant as their 2013 it is easy to see why. The 2013 is a dense and firmly structured Syrah dominated wine which will benefit from at least a year or two in the cellar. There are complex notes of dark berry fruits, coffee and Asian spice from the fruit but also from the judicious oak elevage. This is as enjoyable as ever and offers excellent value for the complexity and richness on offer. Drink 2016 - 2022+.
Gary Owen, Fine Wine Account Manager
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Boekenhoutskloof Winery

Boekenhoutskloof Winery

Boekenhoutskloof is one of the most celebrated of all South African wineries and was indeed voted Winery of the Year 2012 by the influential South African journalist John Platter. Created in 1776 and situated in a remote corner of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, the estate‘s recent fame dates only from 1993 when new owners completely restored the vineyard and established new plantings of varietals such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Viognier.

The driving force here is winemaker Marc Kent, a maverick genius with an unswerving commitment to the highest quality in all that he does. The winery is better known for its reds, especially Syrah and Cabernet, but also makes a stunning white from the Semillon grape amongst a small range of whites.

One of the most iconic wines of Boekenhoutskloof is the famed Chocolate Block, a red blend which changes every year according to the vagaries of the vintage, but is largely based on Syrah. The source of the wine’s name remains a mystery, as the estate’s owners refuse to divulge its origin, but the key point is that the wine is sublime.

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Franschhoek

Franschhoek

Franschhoek wine region lies to the west of Stellenbosch in a fertile valley surrounded by the Drakenstein Mountains. The town of Frankschoek was founded by fleeing French Huguenots in 1688, who brought along their winemaking traditions and vines. Franschhoek's warm, temperate climate is perfectly suited to the production of powerful, saturated red wines and concentrated, fruit-driven white wines. The most prominent grapes in the region are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

Today it remains very much a boutique wine region with smallholding producers.

Boekenhoutskloof and Chamonix wine estates are among the star performers here.

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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Crowd-pleasing bright cherry notes on deservedly successful (75,000+ cases) shiraz-led blend. Generous, pliable and plush, 2013 is juicy but with a tannic twist from 16 months in variety French oak. Balanced and rich, with long dry finish. Mainly from Swartland, with 3 other regions. Over-delivers.
4.5/5 stars, Platter Wine Guide , wineonaplatter.com, Nov 2014 Read more