2016 Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek, South Africa

2016 Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek, South Africa

Product: 20168029128
2016 Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek, South Africa

Description

The Chocolate Block is amongst South Africa’s most successful and recognisable wines. The 2016 Chocolate block is a blend of 79% Syrah, 11% Grenache, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cinsault and 1% Viognier. Due to the looming drought conditions, yields were much lower this year, resulting in higher berry concentration and healthier grapes. The wine is ready to drink, although will benefit from some ageing also. Superb value here to enjoy from 2019 – 2024+.
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About this WINE

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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Tim Atkin

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Tim Atkin
This is the second vintage of The Chocolate Block from Swartland fruit, combining mostly Syrah with Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut and Viognier aged in older wood. For such a huge blend (590,000 bottles), it’s especially impressive in drought-affected 2016 with crowd-pleasing blackberry, bramble and tapenade flavours framed by oak. 2018-24.
92 Points, Tim Atkin MW
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