‘Plush and generous but serious…’ – Platter’s Guide, 95/100 ‘This is a very impressive wine. It is a great achievement that this level of quality is achieved with 2,057 barrels of…

Plush and generous but serious…’ – Platter’s Guide, 95/100

This is a very impressive wine. It is a great achievement that this level of quality is achieved with 2,057 barrels of wine. Bravo.’ – Neal Martin, 92/100

The Chocolate Block from Boekenhoutskloof… seems to have gone to the next level with the 2017 vintage.’ – Christian Eedes, 93/100

One of South Africa’s most successful brands.’ – Tim Atkin MW, 93/100

The 2017 Chocolate Block is undoubtedly the finest since its inception. It’s the 3rd vintage produced from 100% Swartland fruit and has an added sense of refinement and complexity. While produced in volume, we are delighted to offer a limited opportunity to get this Platters’ 5-star wine in 1,500ml, 3,000ml and 6,000ml bottles.

Large format bottles are ideal for maturing wine as they add years to the ageing potential. This is smart stuff so grab some while stocks last.

The Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block has been hugely successful in both international and local markets, whilst maintaining its sense of place and a high level of quality and consistency. The latest 2017 is the best yet. It is finely crafted and continues with the refinement that was first seen in the 2015 release.

Tasting notes:

Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block 2017:
Remarkable quality and consistency from sizeable production… Mainly syrah (64%) with Grenache (14%) from own vineyards; bought-in Cab (new barriques, rest older oak), Cinsaut and Viognier, as in 2016. Plush and generous but serious, with structure and underlying power for good few years cellaring. – Platters Guide 2019, 5* (95/100)

One of South Africa’s most successful brands, selling at a price that many producers can only dream of, this Syrah-based cuvée with Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier is smooth, youthful and floral, with Asian spices, bramble and blueberry fruit, some tannic backbone and the potential to age further in bottle. Drink: 2020-2026. – Tim Atkin MW, 93/100

The 2017 The Chocolate Block contains less Syrah than previous vintages: 64%, plus 14% Grenache, 11% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Viognier, the Cabernet being the only variety that saw new oak. It was matured 16 months in used oak. The important factor is that there is not much more fruit sourced from the estate’s vines in Porseleinberg and the Goldmine Vineyards. It has a very well defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis, crushed rose petals, hints of orange peel and minerals. This is much more detailed and classic in style than previous vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a fine bead of acidity, and quite saline and spicy in the mouth . The fresh, quite pure finish lingers in the mouth. This is a very impressive wine, to the point where I feel that ‘The Chocolate Block’ no longer reflects the style of the wine. It is a great achievement that this level of quality is achieved with 2057 barrels of wine. Bravo. – Neal Martin, 92/100

A blend of 64% Syrah, 14% Grenache, 11% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Viognier, the nose shows dark berries, black olive, earth and spice with notes of lavender and peach plus a touch of reduction in the background. The palate, meanwhile, is luscious – generous fruit and very fine, powdery tannins – not unlike high-cocoa chocolate in texture. It’s a very well thought out offering sure to please plenty of punters. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

 

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