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Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block 750ml 2010
Sku: 11055
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Product Information
Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Sub-Region: Paarl
Appellation: Franschhoek
Grape Varietal: Non-Varietal Red Blend
Type: Still wine
Reg. $35.99
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Wine Advocate 87 points - The 2010 The Chocolate Block is a blend of 72% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, plus Cinsault and Viognier that is raised in French oak for 18 months of which 13% new. It has a rustic blackberry and tar-scented nose with touches of undergrowth. The palate is medium-bodied with chunky ripe tannins and spicy black fruit tinged with (of course) a titular tincture of dark chocolate. This commercial stalwart is still doing the business. Drink now-2015. (Dec 2012)

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Wine maker notes
The quest to understand the name of this wine and the wine itself is now the stuff of legend - it’s even launched a graphic novel (see here). While we are not about to reveal all, we can say that the style of the wine is a reflection of our belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to blended reds. The make-up of this wine is tweaked from vintage to vintage to best reflect the season and the ancient vines of great character that are an integral part of the wine’s charm and personality.

Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means ”ravine of the Boekenhout” (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making. In 1993 the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier.

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