Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2019
From John Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2020 Winery of the Year
The make-up of the Chocolate Block is tweaked from vintage to vintage to best reflect the season and the winery’s ancient vines, meaning no two blends are ever the same and that the wine is always the absolute best it can be. The 2019 Chocolate Block is medium bodied, covering the entire spectrum of berry fruit - from tart red plums to rich blue and black berries, with very fine, cocoa powdery tannins. The finish is svelte, peppery and lingering.
Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means “ravine of the Boekenhout”. Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making.
Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block is made by Marc Kent, one of South Africa's legendary winemakers. The Chocolate Block has rightfully earned it reputation as one of the UK's most popular and exclusive wines. This beautiful blend, made primarily with Syrah (71%) and smaller proportions of Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier, is always in demand, with this 2019 vintage likely to be the most popular yet.
92 Points - Tim Atkin