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Boekenhoutskloof - The Chocolate Block 2017


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Swartland
  • Wine Maker: Marc Kent
  • Grape: Proprietary Red Blend
  • Grape Percentage: Syrah (71%); Cabernet Sauvignon (8%); Grenache Noir (15%); Cinsault (5%) and Viognier (1%).
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.74
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Now -2022
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 88 (2015) VS: 90 (2013) JR: 16 (2016) WS: 88 (2013) JP: 4.5 Stars (2013) TA: 92 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

The nose is exceptionally intense and complex with red berry fruit juxtaposed against a dark, brooding fruit compote and Swartland violets. The nose exudes aromas of raspberry, mulberry, blackberry, damson, dark chocolate and liquorice with whiffs of cloves, nutmeg and orange rind. The wine has a soft, smooth entry, a rich mid-palate and the abundance of red and black berry fruit on the nose follows through with balanced acidity and svelte cocoa powdery tannins. The Porseleinberg fruit certainly makes an impact to the blend, lending structure and a piercing yet lifted perfume. The wine has a long, lingering finish reminiscent of Swiss dark hazelnut chocolate.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)88 pts

April 2017 - Reviewer : Neal Martin. The 2015 Chocolate Block is a blend of 71% Syrah, 15% Grenache, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cinsault and 1% Viognier. Previous vintages have been Western Cape, this being the first W.O. to be Swartland. It has an attractive blackberry, cedar and dark chocolate scented bouquet, strangely the Cabernet Sauvignon making a big impression upon the Syrah. The palate is medium-bodied and quite austere compared for this label, tightly wound at first with a slightly attenuated finish. I was just seeking more substance and body on the finish that tapers off a little quickly.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)90 pts

May/June '15. By Stephen Tanzer. Deep ruby-red. Liqueur-like chocolatey grenache dominates the nose today, but fresher notes of cherry and violet emerge with air. A lovely spicy, southern-style wine with medium weight and nicely integrated acidity (3.8 pH); really nothing overripe about this wine. Finishes juicy and firmly tannic, spreading out to saturate the palate without leaving any impression of excess weight. (2016)16 pts

Tasted Oct 2017 - Now all Swartland, I see. Bright crimson. Definitely not chocolatey any more. Grainy and almost Grenachey but that is just 11% and Syrah dominates the blend. Chewy end. Still quite young. Grainy tannins. A little drying on the finish for now.

Wine Spectator (2013)88 pts

Web only 2015 - An old-school style, with signed alder, coffee and sweet earth notes peeking out from the core of steeped plum and black currant fruit. The slightly rugged finish lets loam and tobacco hints squeeze through. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault and Viognier.

John Platter (2013)4.5 stars

Crowd-pleasing bright cherry notes on deservedly successful (75,000+ cases) shiraz-led blend. Generous, pliable & plush, 2013 is juicy but with a tannic twist from 16 months in variety French oak. Balanced & rich, with long dry finish. Mainly from Swartland, with 3 other regions. Over-delivers.

Tim Atkin (2013)92 pts

A candidate for the most succesful South African wine brand of the last decade, this blend of Syrah with Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier is a crowd pleaser. Violets, red fruits, vanilla oak and a spicy, sustained finish, with just a hint of iodine. Drink: 2015-23

Vinification Notes

This vintage is unique in the sense that all the grapes for our blend are now grown in the Swartland, hence its wine of origin certification. Grenache Noir always softens a masculine blend, adding to the flavour profile and not necessarily enhancing the structure as such. With enough structure from our Syrah, we added a bit more Grenache than previous years. The Grenache was matured in 600L barrels to retain its unmistakable fruity aromas and vibrancy. The wine matures in 1st (all of the Cabernet Sauvignon), 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels (eight 2500L French oak foudres) for 16 months before it undergoes a light egg-white fining and filtration. 1 675 barriques were selected for our 2015 vintage