The 2011 Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block has a striking influence of red fruits. The freshness of the wine puts its head in front of the previous vintages, and cements its status as one of South Africa's most renowned and sought after wines. The nose shows an abundance of redcurrant, plums, crushed rock, and an array of spices. The floral notes adds to its complexity. Spicy oak aromas cover a rounded mid-palate that reveals layers of fruit with intense purity. Textured, composed and seamless in style. The 2011 Chocolate Block is a blend of Syrah (69%); Grenache Noir (14%); Cabernet Sauvignon (11%); Cinsault (5%) and Viognier (1%)
The Syrah fruit comes from Malmesbury (Swartland) with its unique growing conditions and dryland farmed vineyards to ensure it deep-rooted vines and therefore optimal concentration of colour, flavour and tannin structure. The Grenanche noir is sourced from Piekenierskloof (Citrusdal) with its very sandy soils and perfect terroir for ripening this grape varietal.
This batch was matured in 600L barrels to retain the unmistakable fruit and freshness on the cultivar. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier come from the organically farmed vineyards of Boekenhouskloof and the Cinsault is from old bushvines on decomposed granite soils in Wellington. The wine matures in 2nd and 3rd filled French oak barrels for 18 months before it gets a light egg-white fining. 1432 barriques were selected for this wine.
The wine matures in 2nd and 3rd filled French oak barrels for 18 months