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The Chocolate Block 2019

75cl

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Technical sheet

Type Of Wine: red wine
Vintage: 2019 Other vintages
Appellation:Swartland (Coastal Region, South Africa)
Winery: Boekenhoutskloof
Volume: 75cl
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Viognier, Garnacha negra, Cinsault
Allergens: Contains Sulfites
Alcohol Vol.: 14.69%
Wine Level In The Bottle: Top-Shoulder (THE - Très Haute Epaule)
The winery Boekenhoutskloof elaborates this The Chocolate Block 2019 (£19.75), a red wine from Swartland produced with cinsault, garnacha negra, viognier, syrah and cabernet sauvignon from the 2019 vintage and shows an alcoholic content of 14.69%. The The Chocolate Block 2019 is the ideal red to combine with fish and meat. Drinks&Co users reviewed this red wine with 4 of 5 points and has also robert parker: 91.

Description of The Chocolate Block 2019

The Chocolate Block 2019 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Viognier, Garnacha negra and Cinsault)

TASTING NOTES:

  • Appearance: Red.
  • Nose: Dark, intense and brooding with aromas of black cherries, cardamom, sweet tobacco, espresso and subtle whiffs of perfume.
  • Mouth: 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.

VINEYARD: Boekenhoutskloof

GRAPES: Syrah (71%), Grenache (11%), Cinsault (9%), Cabernet Sauvignon (8%), Viognier (1%)

AGEING: Syrah and Cinsault were matured in a combination of seasoned 2,500L French oak foudres and barriques. Grenache was matured in seasoned 600L demi-muids. Cabernet Sauvignon was the only component exposed to new French oak barrique. The elevage ranged between 13 & 16 months, dependant on component and vineyard parcel. 2414 barriques were selected for our 2019 vintage.

PREPARATION: Their winemaker, Marc Kent, is tight-lipped about how exactly this wine is made - but that only adds to its mystique. He tweaks the blend slightly with every vintage so no two Chocolate Blocks are quite the same.

PAIRING: Moroccan lamb tagine, spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

ABV: 14.5%

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Consumption temp.

16ºC

The Winery

Boekenhoutskloof

Boekenhoutskloof

Boekenhoutskloof is a South African winery in the deep Franschhoek valley with roots that go back till 1776. The name means "ravine of Boekenhout" and refers to an indigenous tree that's especially famous for furniture production. The brand logo shows an elegant lady carrying the dove of peace and hope who was once the symbol of the Cape of Good Hope. Now, she makes a promise for the quality of Boekenhoutskloof.

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The Chocolate Block della cantina sudafricana Boekenhoutskloof sorge nella regione di Western Cape, in Sudafrica, precisamente nel distretto di Swartland, conosciuto per la produzione di vini rossi robusti e corposi di alta qualità. Si ottiene a partire da un sapiente blend di uve Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault e Cabernet Sauvignon, con piccole aggiunte di Viognier, la cui composizione varia di annata in annata in modo da trarre il meglio della specifica stagione di crescita e dei vitigni che contribuiscono a definire il fascino e la personalità del vino.La vendemmia avviene nell'arco di 2 settimane, separata per ciascuna varietà, ognuna delle quali apporta caratteristiche determinanti per il risultato finale: il Syrah regala sapori intensi e una bella consistenza nel bicchiere, il Grenache conferisce il fascino tipico dello stile dei migliori Châteauneuf-du-Pape richiamato alla memoria da questo vino, mentre Cinsault e Cabernet Sauvignon aggiungono rispettivamente eleganza e struttura.La vinificazione procede anch'essa separatamente per vitigno: dopo la fermentazione i vini base ottenuti da Syrah e Cinsault maturano in barrique e botti di rovere francese, Grenache unicamente in botte, mentre il Cabernet Sauvignon è l'unica varietà che sosta in barrique nuove di rovere francese. Il periodo di affinamento impiega complessivamente un tempo di 13-16 mesi, prima dell'assemblaggio e della fase conclusiva di imbottigliamento.Vino dal colore rosso rubino intenso di grande concentrazione, si esprime al naso su percezioni di frutta a bacca scura come amarena e mirtillo, per poi transitare su note di cardamomo, tabacco dolce e caffè, impreziositi da delicate sensazioni floreali. Lo stesso patrimonio aromatico ritorna al palato, definendo un sorso eccezionalmente complesso e succoso, con aggiunte di prugna matura, violetta e olive nere, oltre a cenni di chiodi di garofano e liquirizia nel finale. Colpisce per un gusto elegante e intrigante, stratificato, con tannini molto fini e una tessitura vellutata.Indicato per accompagnare stracotti e carni speziate, ben si accosta alla cacciagione a pelo in genere.
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Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2019

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- 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.
- Syrah (71%), Grenache (11%), Cinsault (9%), Cabernet Sauvignon (8%), Viognier (1%).
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Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2019

4 /5

The Art of Chardonnay is the star player among the chardonnays of Creation Estate. The wine owes its complexity to the fact that the grapes come from a specific part of a vineyard. After harvesting, the grapes are pressed and the juice is fermented in oak barrels at a temperature of 20 degrees. The wine then matures for 8 months on wood, 40% of which is new. Every two weeks, tonnage - the scrambling of the yeast cells - takes place. This makes the wine more round and gives the wine extra complexity. A pure class wine with great storage potential (ten to fifteen years).

This is without doubt the most South African Burgundian out there and we take the challenge that blind 9 out of 10 people will judge this as a very expensive Burgundy. From the first sniff and gulp you know that The Art of Chardonnay is special. The nose of the glass fills with all the high-quality Chardonnay notes you would expect from a top bottling: delicate apples, softly spiced pear, roasted hazelnuts with nuanced cinnamon and caramel spices float effortlessly in the glass. On reaching the palate, the wine shows lively and youthful, with a balanced structure indicating that they have taken the time to do it right. The use of French oak is clearly present here. With a long finish and a full body, this wine is of an excellent quality. Certainly quite the price, but this level can compete with the more expensive top burgundies and chardonnays from Napa Valley. Only 4,600 bottles were made. Enjoy it for the next 10-15 years.

About Creation Estate

When Jean-Claude (JC) and Carolyn Martin took up the challenge of starting a winery in a corner of the Walker Bay Wine Region in 2002, it was quite exciting. Indeed, vines had never been planted here before, but JC and Carolyn - both scions of well-known wine families - were determined and convinced of the area's potential. Together they founded Creation Estate in the Heaven-and-Earth Valley. Five years later, in 2007, the first harvest took place and they equipped the cellar with the best equipment from Germany, France and Switzerland. Since then they have been hard at work. Not only with their quality wines, the tasting room has also made a name for itself.

Today Creation Estate has 50 hectares of vineyards in the Heaven-and-Earth Valley. JC and Carolyn's winemaking philosophy is based on "enhancing the beauty of nature". It is primarily about the quality of the grapes, not about the tricks that can be performed in the cellar. "Making wine is a delicate art that has to be reluctant to capture the nuances of its provenance," says JC Martin. The terroir is important at Creation Estate. Not surprising, because the combination of higher vineyards and the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean creates a unique microclimate in Walker Bay. In addition, JC Martin works with wild yeast cells instead of commercially developed ones, read more about this on our news page.

In 2019, the municipality of Overstrand Hermanus in South Africa was awarded UNESCO 'Creative City status for Gastronomy' status! This is one of only 10 cities worldwide and the first on the African continent to receive this award. For the Creation winery, and other many individuals and boutique producers from the area, this pays tribute to the contribution they make to achieving sustainable development goals.

Over Heaven-and-Earth Valley

Creation Estate is located in the Heaven-and-Earth Ridge, a sub-area within the Heaven-and-Earth Valley. It is located about twenty kilometers from Hermanus, the coastal town on Walker Bay which is also known as the 'whale capital' of South Africa. The Atlantic Ocean not only makes the whales float around here with pleasure, it also provides an ideal climate for viticulture. It is warm there, but it rarely gets warmer than thirty degrees in the growing season. This is due to the fresh sea breeze and the fact that Creation Estate vineyards are slightly higher than most vineyards in the area. The grapes have the opportunity to ripen optimally, but retain their fresh acids thanks to the cool nights. The soil also plays an important role in this. The vineyards have a clay-derived slate soil called Bokkeveld. It prevents water stress and makes the vines less vigorous, which in turn contributes to the slow ripening of the grapes (due to the slow release of groundwater).

In short, Creation Estate has a unique terroir in the Heaven-and-Earth Ridge. They know how to translate this into full, but at the same time elegant wines with ripe fruit aromas, fresh acids and a beautiful minerality.

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