Boekenhoutskloof "Chocolate Block" Meritage Franschhoek Valley 2011

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(69% shiraz, 14% grenache, 11% cabernet sauvignon, 5% cinsault and 1% viognier): Good full medium red. Highly aromatic nose melds blackberry, licorice, menthol and spicecake. Sweet and supple but juicy and primary too, with harmonious acidity framing and intensifying the dark fruit and spice flavors. A serious, youthfully aggressive midweight with substantial building, tongue-dusting tannins and a late note of balsamic nutty oak. Already quite perfumed but in need of at least another year or two in the cellar to express itself.- Stephen Tanzer

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Boekenhoutskloof Wine Estate:
The farm of Boekenhoutskloof wasoriginally granted to Huguenot settlers in1776. For two hundred years it remained in the same family. Over the two centuries they engaged in agricultural activities as diverse as tobacco, fruit, cattle and ultimately wine production. The original owners ceased wine production in the 1940s. The existing partnership re-opened the winery for production in 1996. L... Read more
The farm of Boekenhoutskloof wasoriginally granted to Huguenot settlers in1776. For two hundred years it remained in the same family. Over the two centuries they engaged in agricultural activities as diverse as tobacco, fruit, cattle and ultimately wine production. The original owners ceased wine production in the 1940s. The existing partnership re-opened the winery for production in 1996. Lead by Cellarmaster Marc Kent (South African Winemaker of the Year, 2007), the Winery is now regarded as one of SA’s top producers. Boekenhoutskloof is a Syrah specialist, with its premium range selling out on release each vintage. The Chocolate Block, a Syrah based blend, is probably the most successful new offering to come out of SA in the modern era. Boekenhoutskloof is acknowledged by Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide and The 2009 Wine Report as South Africa’s # 1 producer. Read less

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
11/06/2013

Good full medium red. Highly aromatic nose melds blackberry, licorice, menthol and spicecake. Sweet and supple but juicy and primary too, with harmonious acidity framing and intensifying the dark fruit and spice flavors. A serious, youthfully aggressive midweight with substantial building, tongue-dusting tannins and a late note of balsamic nutty oak. Already quite perfumed but in need of at least another year or two in the cellar to express itself.


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Source: The Wine Buyer
05/16/2013

An expressive nose with intense dark cherry spiced raspberry, black fruit and violet-infused perfume. With time another dimension of rusticity and fleshiness is revealed with underlying earthy notes. The palate is firmly structured, yet elegant, with supple tannins and spicy oak aromas covering a rounded mid-palate that reveals purity of fruit and a lifted freshness. Classically styled with integrated tannins and balanced acidity to ensure a long, succulent and textured finish.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
11/06/2013

The 2011 Chocolate Block is a blend of 69% Syrah, and the rest Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier that sees a judicious 11% new oak. It has a compact bouquet of blackberry and licorice with hints of mocha just in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh, minty opening. The tannins feel lithe in the mouth and the acidity is well-judged. Though the finish is uncomplicated, it is nicely focused with plenty of fresh blackberry and raspberry notes to satisfy the masses that continue to enjoy this wine. Drink now–2015.


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Source: NapaCabs.com
08/10/2012

The perfect gift basket for the chocolate lover in your life. This gift basket also includes accessories and gourmet good items.


External Review
06/17/2013

Klares, intensives Karminrot, intensive Schokoladenoten und eine wunderbare Würze sorgen für einen unvergleichlichen Geschmack. Es finden sich reife Früchte (Pflaumen) und Noten von Edelbitterschokolade, feine Gewürznoten, Vanille und etwas Veilchen. Der Wein hat eine enorme Tiefe, strahlt Wärme aus und zeigt sich trotz der Macht und Kraft erstaunlich sinnlich und verklingt mit angenehmer Frische und toller Länge. Ein Wein mit viel Potenzial, den man nicht so leicht vergisst!


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/19/2013

The Chocolate Block blend from Boekenhoutskloof is by far our best selling wine from South Africa. Characterized by an expressive nose with intense dark cherry,spiced raspberry,black fruit and violet-infused perfume.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
08/10/2012

The perfect gift basket for Mom or any woman in your life. Pamper the woman in your life with this basket on her special day. This gift basket also includes multiple accessories and gourmet food items.


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(69% shiraz, 14% grenache, 11% cabernet sauvignon, 5% cinsault and 1% viognier): Good full medium red. Highly aromatic nose melds blackberry, licorice, menthol and spicecake. Sweet and supple but juicy and primary too, with harmonious acidity framing and intensifying the dark fruit and spice flavors. A serious, youthfully aggressive midweight with substantial building, tongue-dusting tannins and a late note of balsamic nutty oak. Already quite perfumed but in need of at least another year or two in the cellar to express itself.- Stephen Tanzer

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